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    Graham Hill’s Contemporary and Montessori Programs – Similarities and Differences in a Nutshell

    • All students can be successful in either the Contemporary or the Montessori program here at Graham Hill.
    • All students can join either program: This includes students who are learning English as a second language, students with special needs, families who live in the neighborhood, and families who live out of area.

    Montessori & Contemporary Shared Practices

    • High expectations for all students
    • We both have the same end of the year goals (Common Core)
    • Same state and district assessments
    • Teacher collaboration (literacy and math professional development)
    • Social-Emotional Learning (RULER, Second Step)
    • Shared science curriculum
    • CCC Literacy Curriculum
    • Physical Education, Music and computer lab classes every week
    • Green Team (4th and 5th grades)
    • Progress is monitored through student goal setting with teacher support
    • Both programs incorporate student choice and teacher guidance.

    Unique Aspects of Contemporary

    • Students have chunks in the day when they choose what they will work on.
    • Typically single grade
    • Often teacher teaches a mini-lesson to the whole group, then students apply the lesson as they work independently or with a partner/small group
    • Frequent small group and some 1 on 1 instruction
    • Guided choice is provided through opportunities for students to choose from a menu of work place activities, prepared tray activities, etc.
    • Use Bridges as math curriculum

    Unique Aspects of Montessori

    • Students have over an hour work time daily where students have a range of choices with teacher guidance.
    • Work times involve some choice re: what to do and when to do it, with teacher guidance
    • Multi-age classrooms; older students mentor younger students
    • A lot of small group and 1 on 1 instruction
    • Progress is monitored through student goal setting with teacher support
    • Use a combination of Bridges Mathematics curriculum and Montessori math curriculum