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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION

Differentiated instruction and learning are important in progressive education. Progressive education engages students in learning through meaningful experiences.  Students engage in the authentic act of thinking and doing through engagement to grow their organizational IQ. Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, the progressive…

DESIGN THINKING at New York Academy

Design Thinking puts the student at the center. The Design Thinking Process, or Maker Learning, aims to have students invent by creating innovative solutions to problems. Students are guided to explore dozens of potential lines of teacher-provided inquiry, and eventually to identify those lines of…