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Activities For The Classroom

Reflecting on Autumn – Learning the Season

“CI-NNA-MON!” the class yelled the syllables in a boisterous, clamoring, almost-unison that reverberated enthusiasm through the room. Yes— what they’d just smelled is cinnamon— and nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger, ground and mixed together to form a spice that is uniquely autumn. I had just introduced them to some essential ingredients in an autumn harvest […]

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NAEYC’s Week Of The Young Child: From The Bottom Of The Sea Up, Up Into Our Classroom

Although this year was my fourth participating in NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child(and despite all the work that goes into the presentation) it never ceases to wow me. The students definitely express their wonder at how all of their weeks of work (and ours as educators) come together to form an amazing themed installation filled with learning […]

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Exploring Curriculum – Activities I Do With My Students And Why

If there’s one thing I’ve proven time and again in my journey as a teacher, it is that young children love to have fun. When we are immersed in a study characterized by interesting, challenging material, days pass unnoticed and learning happens seemingly by a kind of intrinsic osmosis. Then weeks (and months) later, students’ vocabularies are […]

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Student Teacher: Teacher and Student

Every program at Bank Street involves some form of supervised fieldwork. Depending on the program this can be as a head teacher, assistant teacher, or a student teacher. For my program, the dual early childhood and childhood education program, you must complete your fieldwork as a student teacher in four different classrooms throughout the school year. […]

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I Love Math: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say

Before starting at Bank Street, there was one subject I was particularly nervous about tackling, and that subject was math. I have never felt comfortable with adding or subtracting in my head, I have trouble recalling my multiplication facts, and I still don’t know how I passed Algebra in high school. I convinced myself that I […]

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Center for Architecture Foundation Field Trip

On Thursday, my cooperating teacher and I took 27 second graders to the Center for Architecture Foundation. The trip ties in to a larger unit of study on how buildings work. The AIA New York Chapter was a wonderful experience for our second graders. The architect workshop leader for the day, Tim, was engaging and positive. […]

Activities For The Classroom

Why Memoir?

As a future literacy coach, writing will of course be a focus of learning for my students. I recently read an article about memoirs from Beth Kephart that I found interesting. Writing memoirs is a particularly attractive activity, because it allows the opportunity for the student to think about themselves and their own feelings. It […]