Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Today, as professional educators and lifelong learners, we know that it is not only what you learn but how you learn and how you approach learning. At New York Academy we guide our students and faculty to exercise a growth mindset. Consider the following compare and contrast statements: With a…

What Our Children Eat Affects Their Success in School

The Impact of Diet on Learning It’s a fact. The medical and scientific community has shown, based on countless studies, that diet has an impact on children’s cognitive abilities and learning in school. Day-to-Day When children skip breakfast, they struggle to concentrate and focus in class. When lessons and learning…

The Power of Purpose-Designed Learning Environments

From the effective design and arrangement of furniture to the strategic placement of engaging learning resources to spaces that facilitate exploration and self-directed learning, the purpose designed classroom can make a huge difference to enhance the academic, social, and emotional growth of a child. Progressive classroom environments include natural lighting,…

Making Mathematics Meaningful at NYA

Over the past two decades, the profession of education has become much more research-based and data driven. That’s good news. The challenge is that change within any system or institution comes slowly. At New York Academy we embrace change. We honor research-based evidence and data to drive our methods of…

Word Study Fun with the Little Ones

Word Study is the progressive approach to spelling. It is not just about memorizing how words are spelled, but hearing the sounds in words and learning the patterns and rules for spelling. For example, this week Mr. Brian went into the PK 4, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 classes to model…

Making Critical Thinking Visible

The fundamentals of Critical Thinking are a set of cognitive processes. You might ask, “What are cognitive processes?” Cognitive processes are the types of higher level thinking we do to make meaning. Often, we do them naturally without realizing or naming what we are doing! Let’s explore how these types…

The Advantages of Split Classrooms

The Advantages of Split Classrooms New York Academy has had split classrooms in its first years. This has not been by design, but by necessity as a new and growing school. However, we know the research and are taking full advantage of the benefits a split classroom can offer. When…

Social and Emotional Growth

Asking Questions and Active Listening A student’s social and emotional growth significantly impacts their academic achievement; each is equally important. When kids develop the ability to successful interact with peers and adults in their community it makes a difference. When kids gain a sense of ownership and purpose within a community…

SCIENTIFIC PROCESS at NEW YORK ACADEMY

New York Academy follows the scientific process to engage the kids in learning. It’s a process where students learn to learn and think, rather than just gaining facts, knowledge, and skills. Students engage in hands-on experiments with a focus on the application of the scientific process, which is the series…

PROJECT BASED LEARNING at New York Academy

Through Project-Based Learning, children actively investigate their interests, discover new ideas and develop their own theories. Project-Based Learning aims to engage students in a problem-solving experience defined by an essential question, which drives learning down a pre-defined path determined by the teacher. Project-Based Learning has a narrow subject area and a driving essential question….

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