Children’s most profound learning comes through their independent work, as they explore information presented in lessons and show their knowledge in a wide variety of ways. This approach not only allows children to find joy and empowerment through discovery, but supports different kinds of learners as they express their knowledge in ways that are meaningful to them.
While children in conventional settings often have their knowledge assessed in standardized formats, children in Montessori classrooms are allowed time and space to share what they are learning in different ways. They may apply their knowledge in familiar ways like writing reports or by giving oral presentations, but they also are free to express their knowledge through art projects, by creating games, or in numerous other ways.
Because children are given the opportunities to work in this way, they often explore subjects more deeply, doing additional research and exploration after an initial introduction by the Guide. And as a result, the assessment of the child’s knowledge is often more thorough, enabling the teacher to better guide and individualize instruction. Each child is empowered to show the unique knowledge and skills they possess. As they share their work with peers and teachers, what they have gained becomes evident, especially to themselves!