A Sense of Belonging

At New York Academy, we aim to support and strengthen students’ social and emotional growth. As I have written in several of my blogs, when students feel socially and emotionally confident and secure, they are better able to achieve academic growth. The question becomes, “What does it mean to be…

NYA SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOMES

New York Academy places a huge importance on values for lifelong learning. We guide our students to understand that such values strengthen their ability to grow their knowledge, understanding, and skill sets – all to make a difference, to make the world a better place. Independent Learners A NYA graduate…

New York Academy’s Approach

More to Think About… Progressive Education and the Conceptual, Networked Age Approach to Learning Last week I wrote about the difference between a Traditional Factory Age Approach to learning vs. a Conceptual, Networked Age Approach to learning. The difference is profound. Research supports, and highly qualified professionals in the education field…

READING, AND THEN WRITING TO MAKE MEANING

Research shows that reading intelligence is the driving force in learning. Think about it. Queries such as “What do you think about the character’s desires and struggles?” or “What do you think about the message of the story?” are most effective in getting us
to think about what we read and…

New York Academy’s Approach

Traditional Factory Age Approach to Learning Vs. Conceptual, Networked Age Approach to Learning I had the pleasure of reading a piece that did a compare and contrast analysis of ‘old vs. new’ approaches to education. Make no mistake, we know more than ever before what works best in education. New…

Google Classroom at NYA!

The New York Academy Grade 4/Grade 5 classrooms began using Google Classroom this week. With cutting edge technology, we are empowering our students and teachers to be more effective and efficient as lifelong learners. Google Classroom is a 21st Century technology tool used to facilitate paperless communication between teachers, students…

The Importance of Education

Education is not preparation for life; it is life itself. – John Dewey, a leader of the progressive movement in education in the United States. As we begin the New Year, it is important to think and reflect upon the importance of education. Reflecting upon John Dewey’s big idea, education…

The Importance of Performing Arts in School

The importance of drama and performing arts in education cannot be understated. Engaging in drama and the performing arts develops the creative side of the brain and builds students’ creativity, problem solving, and their ability to work collaboratively as part of a group. I have made many presentations at professional conferences over the years speaking to audiences…

Global Citizenship and Thanksgiving

The Global Citizens’ Initiative defines a global citizen as “someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices.” Historically, human beings have always formed communities based on shared identity. More and more, as the 21st Century unfolds, we…

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