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Early Childhood Education

Meet the Second Cohort of the Early Childhood Urban Education Initiative!

Although Bronx Cohort 1 graduated over a month ago (my goodness how time flies) and we’re still reeling from the heady whirlwind of it all, I have yet to introduce the most recent students of Bank Street’s Early Childhood Urban Education Initiative Program –  the second Bronx Cohort. The first Bronx Cohort, of which I […]

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Literature– Books For Children And Why They’re My Favorite Thing

You can say anything with a book. And children love them. They are essential tools for teaching and learning that color the process of delivering content to young minds. Appropriate, quality literature goes far beyond stimulating children’s literacy learning. Books help to convey messages of every kind and illustrate ideas in concrete, visual ways to […]

Early Childhood Education

Science And Early Childhood – Why Young Children Are The Best Scientists

Scientists are astrophysicists. They are chemists, and archaeologists – biologists and anthropologists. They also happen to be three- and four-year-old children in my classroom. Last Fall, I took Science for Teachers (see a prior blogger’s post on his experience in this class here). Thoughts of science and young children are at the forefront of my reflections […]

Early Childhood Education

Quantifying Intelligence And Success In Early Childhood

As the year begins, we often set new goals for ourselves and experience a renewal in our outlooks and dispositions. At this halfway point in the school year, I also tend to reflect on the goals my students have for themselves, their  developmental milestones, and the goals parents and families have for their children. I […]

Activities For The Classroom

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 […]

Early Childhood Education

Supporting Each Other: A Bridge Between Families And Educators

One of the most challenging things about teaching in early childhood education surprisingly has nothing to do with children. Building an effective & secure bridge of trust, communication, and deep understanding between teachers and families really requires a lot of willingness and acceptance. This is often quite the task. Take for example, when a child chases and tries […]

Activities For The Classroom

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 […]

Early Childhood Education

Developmentally Appropriate Practice – We’re Not Just Playing!

Children play for a reason. There are very specific, very real, biological, emotional, cognitive,  and human reasons children are irrevocably compelled to and consumed with play. Play is an essential vehicle for learning in children’s lives. When they are immersed in the depths of profound play sessions, they are learning multifaceted concepts which allow their […]

Activities For The Classroom

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. […]

Current Events & Educational Policy

Reflections on the 9th Niemeyer series: UPK in NYC

[The views expressed in this blog posting do not reflect that of Bank Street College as a whole] Bank Street’s ninth Niemeyer Series, Universal Pre-K in New York City, took place on April 23, 2014. In case you’re unfamiliar, The Niemeyer Series invites speakers and moderators to discuss pressing issues in education here at Bank […]