"Eyes on Progressive Education" Blog

A Green Acres School journal that chronicles progressive education in action, the research that supports and informs our practice, and ways in which we live out our mission each and every day.

Green Acres Re-Certified as a Maryland Green School

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) announced that Green Acres School has been re-certified as a 2019 Maryland Green School. (We received a previous certification in 2015.) Maryland Green Schools are part of a national and international community of sustainable green schools. Our students are becoming better stewards of our Earth’s resources and …

5 Signs Your Child Is Not Moving Enough at School

Sara, Associate Director of Admission

As parents, we rightly worry about our children’s well-being. We want them to be healthy and happy. We hope they are internalizing habits that will help them be confident and successful throughout their lives. We assume that they will cultivate these habits at school—but very often, they won’t.

The American Academy of Pediatrics …

Exploring India through Dance

Mary Sing, Creative Movement Teacher

The 1st graders are learning about India this semester, and the dances, music, and children’s games provide amazing opportunities to find connections with another culture using one’s whole self. Through explorations based on the essential question “What can songs and dances tell us about what people care about?” the 1st graders …

Unlocking Language

Tracey Marks, Lower School Head

Often, parents express an interest in how literacy develops. They want to know more about how our language programs at Green Acres meet the developmental needs of students. Parents also seek information about how they can best support the literacy learning of their children at home.

Literacy development is an ongoing, continuous, emerging process. The term “…

5th & 6th Grade Art: Promoting Innovation and Creativity, Fostering Joy and Curiosity

Shellie, Art Teacher

What does progressive education look like in the middle school art room? In the lower school, we talk about fostering a sense of wonder, curiosity and joy in our young students. This idea holds true for our middle school students as well. In the art classroom, projects are designed to encourage students to maintain their curious and joyful nature while, at the same time, …

Posted by Mrs. Sara Kendall Huneke in Middle School, Lower School on Wednesday March 6
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Jen, 4th Grade Teacher

We recently painted our six-year-old daughter’s bedroom wall with chalkboard paint. I was touched to discover this message next to her bed in pink: “I LV YOO MOME.” Translation? I love you, Mommy. 

Even as an educator experienced in deciphering the inventive spelling (sometimes called invented spelling) of young children, it took me a minute to …

Posted by Mrs. Sara Kendall Huneke in Lower School on Monday March 4
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Demystifying Math

Alison, 4th Grade Teacher

“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.” William Paul Thurston

When I think about teaching math I get very excited. There are so many patterns, numbers, shapes, equations, and so much more to contemplate that I can’t wait to get to grips with it. But that is not the case for every …

Posted by Mrs. Sara Kendall Huneke in Lower School on Monday January 7
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Math and the Engaged Mind

Tracey Marks, Ed.D., Lower School Head

When I was in elementary school, math involved memorizing formulas and calculating correct answers to fact-driven questions. My teachers would present one way of solving problems, and my job was to mimic their use of that strategy to arrive at the right answer. It was never clear to me why what I was learning was important, or how I might use what …

Posted by Mrs. Sara Kendall Huneke in Lower School on Monday December 17, 2018
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Violence and Bigotry Have No Home at Green Acres

Neal M. Brown, Ed.D., Head of School

Sadly, the time lapses between senseless incidents of hatred and violence in this country are getting shorter and shorter. It is hard enough to know what to think or what to say to adults, let alone to children or to adolescents. These recent events—including this past weekend’s horrifying shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue and last week’s …

Friendship & Community in the Classroom, Part II

Polly & Mary, 3rd Grade Teachers

In the immortal words of Winnie the Pooh: “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.”

The 3rd grade begins each year with a unit focusing on friendship. During this unit, we concentrate on what a friend is, and what it means to be kind. Throughout this cross-curricular exploration, the children …

Posted by Mrs. Sara Kendall Huneke in Lower School on Friday October 19, 2018
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