One thing about the Montessori approach that often surprises parents is
that students are not given grades. The lack of grades in Montessori schools
isn’t about creating a lax environment but rather about creating
an attitude toward learning that is centered on self-motivation and mastery
of a subject.
Montessori teachers don’t give grades to avoid creating a learning
environment that is geared towards teaching to a test. When students are
graded, they tend to focus only on the information on which they will
be evaluated, rather than the totality of a subject. This allows students
to squeak by without fully understanding something. Grades also rob students
of the joy of learning, since it forces them to focus on meeting a numerical standard.
The Montessori School, we welcome your questions about the Montessori approach as you make important
choices for your child’s education. If you are interested in learning
more, call (972) 908-5055 to speak to our Montessori school in Allen,
or call (469) 685-1732 to talk to someone at our school in Dallas.