The Lasting Value of Shop Projects

Shop, like many of SRV’s educational experiences, allows children from the youngest ages to engage in real work that springs from their individual interests and explorations.  In reflecting on the aims of the first Shop teacher, Mr. Rawson, it has become clear to me that a child’s commitment to a long-term project reaches far beyond…

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Connecting with Children over 7,000 Miles Away

In the spring of 2014, The School in Rose Valley (SRV) was embarking on the study of Kenya as a school-wide theme.  Having an interest in African music and dance, teacher Sunday Small decided to post a request on the Transition Town Media Swap Page on Facebook asking for the services of anyone with expertise…

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Co-opted Concepts

It is report writing time here at The School in Rose Valley (SRV).  What that means is that each teacher compiles thoughts, notes, and assessments, and writes a comprehensive, narrative report (single spaced, averaging about 4 pages) on the progress of each student.  This is a significant undertaking that requires more than a month of…

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What is a Progressive Education at The School in Rose Valley?

In 2004, The School in Rose Valley (SRV) and Swarthmore College cosponsored a conference on Progressive Education.  Well known author and speaker, Alfie Kohn, opened the conference with a keynote address that you can read here. (It continues to be timely, you really should read it!) The conference, in part, helped to revive a professional…

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The Importance of Choice in Kindergarten

A peek into a Kindergarten classroom can be an interesting experience.  Of course, it depends where you look, but there is usually more than meets the eye. What do we hope to accomplish in Kindergarten?  Each day, at The School in Rose Valley, we expect a lot from our Kindergartners, including making numerous decisions.  Why?  Because…

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