Writing by:

Hanna Greenberg

Blog post | Monday, April 14, 2014
Sometimes what you wish for has consequences that you wished would not bother you. A case in point is the way SVS students who enrolled when they were very young tend to grow up to be persistent -- and capable of getting what they want. So, quite… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, March 17, 2014
This post first appeared in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, volume 29, no. 1, October 1999. This is a confession: It took me many many years to learn how not to pounce and use what are called "teaching moments" at home with my own children and… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, February 24, 2014
What I love about children is their abiding optimism. Sure they don’t like to fail and they can become very frustrated at times, but unlike adults they rarely give up hope and become gloomy. To most children, the world is full of wonders. Each… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, February 3, 2014
Hanging the photo exhibit on Friday, January 24th proved to be an exhilarating experience for me. It goes without saying that the photos are varied in their subjects, beautiful and interesting. What else would one expect from kids at SVS? They are… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, November 18, 2013
Walking into our art room is usually fascinating. It seems that most young people love to do art in all sort of ways. They make things out of clay. They draw and paint and make amazing collages. And, they do many other things, like building… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Dance Room is a large room with lots of wall space and windows. It looks and sounds rather cavernous. However, when the walls are used as an exhibition space for the art created at school, the room is transformed and becomes a delightful place.… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, September 30, 2013
Founder and staff member Hanna Greenberg interviewed student Hannah Schwartz for this week's post. Hannah Schwartz has attended SVS for three years. Last May, the SVS gallery exhibited a collection of her experiments with techniques that were new to… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, September 3, 2013
This week's post was written by Hanna Greenberg. Friday is my day off, but I had to see somebody at school, so I went there at about noon. I came upon a magnificent scene: two tables were set up for tie dying on a large patch of grass, and about a… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, May 6, 2013
Downhill skiing and snowboarding is a favorite activity in which about a third of the school’s population participates. As a consequence, ice skating has to wait until March. I love skiing and am not fond of skating. I hate the cold that seeps into… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, June 1, 2011
“When God began to create heaven and earth, the universe was chaos and disorder, and darkness enveloped the void.” Genesis 1:1 One day not long ago I was driving along, listening to the radio. I don’t remember what the subject was but the word “… Read more ›
Essay post | Sunday, May 1, 2011
Sometimes it is a wonder to me that I keep on working at the school. I am saying this not because I am bored with the sameness of the things that we encounter, or with the lack of new challenges that being in the same institution for over thirty… Read more ›
Essay post | Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This is a confession: It took me many many years to learn how not to pounce and use what are called "teaching moments" at home with my own children and here at school. Like most people I like to tell stories, to talk about things that I know and… Read more ›
Essay post | Saturday, May 1, 2010
A young girl of nine or ten asked me to teach her math. I gave her some problems which she enjoyed doing. Next day she came to me with many sheets of paper covered with similar problems which she made for herself and then solved. She is obviously… Read more ›
Essay post | Monday, March 1, 2010
Shortly after the oral thesis defenses were completed one of the students who participated in this new procedure suggested to me that I should sit together with all the students and talk about their experiences. They agreed to have the conversation… Read more ›