Different Aproaches to Teaching

Different aproaches to teaching
|Different Approaches to Teaching: Comparing Three Preschool Programs                       |
|By Amy Sussna Klein                                                                         |
|As early childhood educators, we all have our own philosophies and approaches to education.|
|Our approach to teaching is created from a multitude of resources and probably includes     |
|knowledge from early childhood theorists, an understanding of child development, and our   |
|experiences with children in different learning environments. Whether you are a new teacher|
|about to embark on an early childhood career or a well-seasoned professional, it is helpful|
|to know what other educators are doing in different types of programs. New approaches to   |
|teaching and learning can be adapted within our own environment and information about how   |
|your philosophy of education compares or differs from others can be shared with parents     |
|considering your program for their children.                                               |
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|In this article, we will cover three different types of preschool programs—Montessori,     |
|High/Scope®, and Reggio Emilia. The following questions will be considered for each of the |
|three approaches:                                                                           |
|What is the program’s history?                                                             |
|What are its main components?                                                               |
|What is unique about the program?                                                           |
|How can one tell if a school is truly following the model?                                 |
|The Montessori Method                                                                       |
|Maria Montessori, Italy’s first woman physician, opened her first...