If you are looking for a truly progressive school for you and your child…..check out the environment and check in with yourself to see how you are feeling in the space…
In order to implement cutting edge teaching practice , and to foster community and place, a school needs to afford the entire community a safe place to experiment, follow through on ideas, inspirations…and make mistakes…..
Classrooms need to be set up in
anticipation of and expectation of … mess
1. large trash cans
2. organized but open access to materials
3. washable flooring
4. clean up sinks that are accessible for use to all sizes of people
anticipation and expectation of …feelings
1. quiet areas where a person can process and reflect
2. areas set aside for problem solving and/or strong emotional expression
Schools for all ages need to be like this. Curiosity, and the need for self direction… room to explore and question does not stop at age 5. People can acclimate to any school environment..but my question is… Why should they?
Pictures taken at Children’s Circle, Odyssey Charter and a K in Los Angeles, City and Country School in NYC, Tinmouth School, Vermont, Highlander Folk School in Tennessee.
These schools reflect a research based and progressive approach for 3years to adult