The private school classroom can look drastically different from what you will see in a public classroom. Some of the differences are subtle while others are clear from the moment you set foot in the classroom. It is a good idea to get a glimpse into the environment of the private school classroom as you try and decide which program is right for your child. The differences you will notice in the private school classroom include: unique classroom design, individualized instruction, and hands-on learning.
Unique classroom design
The classroom design in private school is based on the educational philosophy of the program. While the classroom design in public school is based on logistics. In public school, the classroom has to be designed to accommodate a large number of students. In private school, the classroom size can be kept at a certain number to facilitate a classroom design that is based on student learning. In the Montessori classroom, for example, you will find that the classroom is designed around the needs and size of the students.
The private school classroom often includes individualized instruction on a level that is simply not possible in public programs. As mentioned above, private programs can control the number of students who enter the program and, as a result, the number of students in each classroom. Fewer students means that the teacher can spend more time on individualized instruction.
Hands-on learning plays an important role in many private school classrooms. The unique classroom design and opportunities for individualized instruction make it possible for the teacher to incorporate hands-on learning opportunities in the private school classroom. Hands-on learning helps students learn a concept more deeply than simply hearing or reading about it. Hands-on learning engages the body in the learning process which can help students truly grasp what they are learning. Many private school programs prioritize hands-on learning. For example, the Montessori Philosophy of education emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning. If you get a glimpse into a Montessori classroom you will find that hands-on learning activities are present throughout the room.
There are no two private school classrooms that are exactly alike. This is because private programs have much more freedom than public schools. It is a good idea to learn details about the classroom environment at any school you are considering for your child. One of the best ways to get a glimpse into the private school classroom is by scheduling a time to observe a class. Seeing the classroom in person and watching the students interact with it will provide you with insight that you simply cannot get by reading about a classroom. You can schedule a tour of the campus and classroom observation for Fountainhead Montessori School directly from the website.