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You can transfer portions, like making learning visible, teacher as researcher but as a whole doesn't really work out. There are just some things a child needs to learn in elementary school that might not come up it the curriculum was completely student driven. Like fractions, or even reading and writing.
|But it's surprising to me that there are not more small, private elementary schools that have adopted Reggio techniques on a wider scale.|
|Just wanted to mention that my son's Reggio school is a public school. And he is a special education student--they believe strongly in inclusion and provide the only inclusion public preschool in our city. So I wouldn't automatically assume that Reggio doesn't translate into public schools or that they can't make accommodations.|
There isn't the support from Reggio Children or the research to back up the success of this type of schooling for older children. Like I said before, the Free School movement in the 1960's was such a failure that many, many educators are very apprehensive to begin schools that use the same sort of ideas. However, British Primary, the next step that really grew out of the Free School movement, has been wildly successful and there are tons of private schools in the USA that use this method.
My ds attends a reggio charter school at the Children's Museum in Portland, OR. It's preschool thru 5th grade. This is the schools 6th year of operation. The school has become quite the shining light of the school district. They have groups of teachers come and observe a couple times of year and they have a huge symposium every June.
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