Beware the Jargoneers… as per previous post…but here is a great chart from Mr Kohn on what to look for in a solid progressive classroom.
Further..these things should be present throughout the grades..not just in Early Childhood ( to eight years old) Classrooms.
And..if you ask about the 6-8 year olds working in reading or math workbooks and you are told it is fun for them.. they like it… and if it is added (particularly by an administrator) that teachers are confused or not practiced in how to teach the subject deeply (how to teach math) … so the workbook program (with the workbooks) is being used as an interim guide… this is not solid progressive pedagogy.
Experienced and qualified progressive leaders understand that respect for faculty (and students) begins with giving folks time, opportunity and space to collaborate, make a mess, stumble, make mistakes, learn and grow together.
Oh..if the teacher tells you that the children get to play with blocks only one or two hours a week because they are busy writing and/or going off to scheduled specialty classes, you are not in a solid progressive school.