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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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