Visitors to a Montessori classroom notice right away the importance of movement. The children are free and encouraged to move around, rather than sitting for long periods of time at one desk. As Maria Montessori said, “The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.” She was talking about the “old-time discipline” (which still carries through today!) in which sitting still was rewarded as “good behavior” while moving around was often punished as “bad.” We understand that everyone has a different idea of the value of movement. In this article we will talk about the advantages of allowing children the freedom of movement. After you are finished, you will be able to decide whether movement is an important characteristic of your child's classroom setting.