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…

The Impact of Television on Kids

Television can have a powerful affect on kids. It can be positive and it can be negative. The key for parents is to make smart choices to monitor the types of programs their children watch and how often their children watch TV. As parents and educators, it is important that…

The Importance of Parent Teacher Conferences and the School to Home Partnership

Next week are NYA Parent Teacher Conferences! The purpose of the parent/teacher conference is to clearly communicate the student’s progress in school, and in the case of a student who is having difficulty, to enlist the parents’ cooperation in the effort to address areas for growth. It is important to approach each parent-teacher conference as an opportunity to…

The Importance of Reading Fluency

Reading fluency is a prerequisite to reading comprehension. A student cannot learn to comprehend when reading unless they are able to ready fluently with prosody. Dr. Timothy Rasinski, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University, is one of the leading authorities in the world on how kids learn to read….

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