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 Mathematics Meaningful at NYA

Over the past two decades, the profession of education has become much more research-based and data driven. That’s good news. The challenge is that change within any system or institution comes slowly. At New York Academy we embrace change. We honor research-based evidence and data…

Word Study Fun with the Little Ones

Word Study is the progressive approach to spelling. It is not just about memorizing how words are spelled, but hearing the sounds in words and learning the patterns and rules for spelling. For example, this week Mr. Brian went into the PK 4, Kindergarten, and…

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…

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…

Core Values at New York Academy

I have written several times this year about the fact that social and emotional growth is as important as academic growth; and, how social and emotional growth is built upon the foundation of core values. At New York Academy, we place a great emphasis on…

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