Progressive education encompasses a collection of powerful ideas about how children learn best, emphasizing experiences that matter, true intellectual challenge, learning by doing, a respect for children's natural curiosity, the social-emotional well-being of students, and democracy in action.
Since 1934, Green Acres School has championed this approach—and even helped to define it. #theoriginals #cheersto85years
After learning in class about the dangers that humans can sometimes unintentionally pose to sea turtles, Julia R. ’22 and Radmila S. ’22 were inspired to create a club that would raise money for charity and help Green Acres to become even more conscious of its environmental impact than it already is as a certified Green School.
"The first time that I read one of my children’s Green Acres report cards, I cried. I was overcome by a wave of emotion and gratitude that someone knew my daughter so completely—her strengths, her needs, her learning style, her friendships, and her interests. That report card crystallized for me why I had chosen to send my daughter to Green Acres."
While our Primary Unit students are often "open books" about their interests and hobbies, other details—like what kind of learners they are—require careful teacher observation and thoughtful, responsive lesson planning. First grade teacher Ali never stops thinking about how she can teach, inspire, and connect with each learner in her care.
There's something about the eye-catching rainbow fishes hanging from the ceiling and the comforting sounds of Hedgie the hedgehog scratching in his enclosure that makes Mary's room a logical starting point for someone who wants to know more about how a classroom space can become a "home away from home."
Many may remember following Connie with her long braid down her back to the pond to collect tadpole eggs, or perhaps dissecting a fish, or taking apart the human torso model.
After reading Refugees and Migrants by Ceri Roberts and Hanane Kai and The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies, some 5th graders became invested not only in learning more about the plight of refugees, but about how they could help those displaced peoples, as well.
Join us at our annual Family Heritage and Traditions Fair this Sunday, November 3 from 4-6 PM.
The current rancorous political divide is as passionate as it is pervasive, and it has created the proverbial catch-22 in the modern Middle School classroom. Given the fractious nature of political discussion, is it wise to even touch those subjects in class, or do we owe it to our students to protect them from these issues until they are “older?”
Current events are an essential part of the 8th grade world studies curriculum, which links history with the current modern world and reminds students that history may not always repeat itself, but it does hum a familiar tune.
Alison discusses how the 3/4 Unit builds upon the foundation set by the Primary Unit and prepares students for Middle School, and the role that intrinsic motivation plays in the work she does as a progressive educator.