Parents Reading with Their Children at Home

Needless to say, books have always held an important place in the home. The book, called Reading Magic, makes the case that reading aloud to children helps them develop an interest in books, encourages those first words, inspires them to learn to read themselves, and creates a special bond between child and parent. After all, reading with your children gives them the skills needed for when they start to…

The Importance of Breaks and Vacations in Learning

In a series of recent studies, short physical activity breaks in the classroom showed improvement in students’ behavior, increasing the effort they put into their activities as well as their ability to stay on task. Both students and teachers benefit from using unstructured breaks to reduce stress. Why Student…

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…

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…

What is a Global Citizen?

A global citizen celebrates different people of different cultures. A global citizen cares for others and respects differences. A global citizen protects the environment for future generations. A global citizen is socially responsible. A global citizen has perspective and empathy. Wikipedia defines Global Citizenship as…

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…

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!…

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…

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…

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