"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.

Curiosity, Compassion, and Civics Education

Michael, Middle School Social Studies Teacher

“No democracy can exist unless each of its citizens is as capable of outrage at injustice to another as he is of outrage at injustice to himself.”
— Aristotle

Civics education has traditionally focused on study of the various levels and branches of government. However, civics is so much more than just learning how many members of …

Posted by sarah in Middle School on Friday October 26, 2018
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Balancing Context, Content, and Curiosity…Current Events and Teaching Civics

Stephen, Middle School Teacher

For teachers, there are sometimes questions that you can see coming from a mile away…

“Can the President pardon himself?” A 7th grade student asked this question during a lesson on the executive branch, and for me, it captured the delicate balance between the vital significance of current events in social studies education, and the challenges …

Posted by sarah in Middle School on Friday October 19, 2018
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Understanding Our Trajectory through Lenses of the Past

Peter Klam, Middle School Head

George Santayana coined the phrase that stated, in its essence, that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The implications of the phrase, when looking at cycles of the past, can sometimes be neatly understood, as when comparing the conditions that led to the American Revolution with those of the Civil Rights Movement. These academic exercises…

Posted by sarah in Middle School on Friday October 19, 2018
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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 sarah in Lower School on Friday October 19, 2018
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Friendship & Community in the Classroom, Part I

Irene, 2nd Grade Teacher

Building friendships and community is so important in the Primary Unit. At the start of the year, students might not know one another well or even realize what they have in common. First and 2nd grade teachers work hard to bridge this gap creatively.

We start off by making classroom guidelines together because children respond better to rules they’ve had a hand in…

Posted by sarah in Lower School on Friday October 19, 2018
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Focus on Play Is Catching Momentum

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

Several weeks ago, I came across this New York Times article linking children’s free play with the development of citizenship skills. "If we want saner politics," it posits, "we need to start building better foundations from the playground up."

Another recent New York Times article (as well as one in The Washington Post) talks about how …

Posted by sarah in Middle School, Lower School, Early Childhood Unit on Friday September 21, 2018
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Meet Your Teacher: Larry

Larry, Physical Education Teacher

As a senior in high school, my mother wanted me to go to college to be a civil engineer, and my guidance counselor wanted me to go to Harvard to be a lawyer. When it came time to make a choice for college, I had no interest in either.

I initially wanted to go to college to become a social studies teacher, because I was always fascinated by the allure of far …

Posted by sarah in Middle School, Lower School, Early Childhood Unit on Friday September 21, 2018
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Why One Walkout Wasn't Enough for Our Middle Schoolers

Neal M. Brown, Ed.D., Head of School & Peter Klam, Middle School Head

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School, the Green Acres School community grappled with how to handle the prospect of a walkout. We consulted with our middle school students to find ways to honor the need they felt to respond to an event that touched many of them in a way that was new and profound. …

Posted by sarah in Middle School on Thursday March 15, 2018
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What Kind of Teacher Does It Take to Teach Progressively?

Tracey Marks, Director of Professional Development

A popular adage says that great teachers are born, not made. But is this true? I would venture to say that great teachers usually are born with a love of children, an enthusiasm for spending time with them, and an ability to connect with them at a deep and fundamental level. But the craft of teaching itself involves much more.  

This …

Posted by sarah in Middle School, Lower School, Early Childhood Unit on Wednesday November 1, 2017
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Measuring Service in Impact, Not Hours

Peter Klam, Middle School Head

The boy looked sheepishly at his food bank supervisor. “I know that we finished way early, but can you give me the full three hours for the work? I really need it so I can fulfill my service requirement.” 

Conversations similar to this one probably happen a thousand times across the country every Saturday as middle and high school students scramble …

Posted by sarah in Middle School on Sunday October 22, 2017
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