This course touched on classroom design in Week 10, during which the direct instruction classroom
and the activity centre classroom
were contrasted. The design functionality and aesthetics of Montessori and Waldorf classrooms (and, in the case of Waldorf education, the school building itself) are purposefully influenced by specific developmental visions as to how children grow and develop - physically (e.g., child scaled furniture), cognitively (e.g., purposefully designed manipulatives), and spiritually (e.g., the use of natural materials).
So too, the respective child developmental visions of Montessori and Waldorf education directly influence each school movement’s educational philosophy, including how teachers teach and how students learn.