Many schools, whether intentional or not, tend to reward students who exhibit academic success, while depriving those whom have fallen short of qualities and milestones that are commonly considered to be characteristic of “ideal” students. This type of learning environment leads to tremendous social and moral shortcomings on the part of the children involved.
Not only do we consciously discourage this philosophy, but are also highly opposed to the use of such systems in a learning environment. At AMS, we encourage and motivate all of our students to seek social and academic success; setting no limits for their individual achievements and goals.
The current global community is one that places increased demands on adults and children alike. This need is one that AMS is particularly successful in addressing. As young adults, and early on in their education, children are encouraged to develop critical thinking and objective planning skills.
With the careful guidance of Aurora Montessori School instructors, our students are further encouraged to make decisions on a day-to-day basis, which in turn allows them to learn that certain decisions yield more positive outcomes than others.
Children are also engaged and challenged in their understanding of society, and the moral and ethical virtues that tend to produce the happiest, healthiest, and most successful members of their community. We seek to create and nurture the development of a strong moral compass within all of our students. In doing so, children learn to think objectively about their futures, and assess situations based on the consequences and benefits associated with their actions.
At Aurora Montessori School, we pride ourselves on employing a holistic style of teaching, which draws on the engagement of behavioural characteristics such as curiosity, analysis, innovation, and critical thinking in the classroom environment.
Our teachers are driven to help students achieve academic success by means of following a highly personalized program of learning. This program is based on daily assessments made by the teachers on the student’s growth and individual needs. Moreover, all of the observations and assessments are then made available to parents during regular parent-teacher interviews.
Every professional working in our school carries a strong passion and ambition toward the educational development of each child. Their specialized training and ability to reach students in an engaging manner contributes to a Montessori learning environment that remains one of the most recognized and well-received in Ontario.
As chair of the Association Montessori Internationale’s Global Research Committee, Dr. Steven Hughes speaks internationally to anyone interested in learning more about the cognitive developmental benefits of authentic Montessori education. See what Dr. Hughes has to say about Montessori Education.