Montessori environments are beautiful, peaceful, and alive with movement and sound. Students, whether 5 or 15 years old, move about the classroom to take things off shelves, to discuss a project with a classmate, to put things away. Some are working alone, bent over a mat on the floor or sitting at a small table. Some are gathered around a teacher, in conversation during a lesson. Others are engaged in collaborative work with other students.
In a Montessori classroom, order and creativity coexist. Animated conversation and silent observation work together in the same space. In the best environments, children of all races and cultures learn side by side.