Teacher to teacher

April 4, 2019

The art of letter writing— and its rewards

To help my students grow as writers and community members, I teach the art of letter writing to my 2nd-graders.

March 7, 2019

Mindfulness for pre-K students

Life in a classroom can be chaotic, stressful and unpredictable. I try to set up clear expectations for my pre-K students about how to handle stressful moments.

February 7, 2019

Breaking the monotony of Regents test prep

When a teacher can find innovative and creative ways to approach mundane subjects, it can truly get a student’s creative juices flowing. Wooden blocks helped build a Regents Prep program that does just that.


January 3, 2019

Launching a service learning project

Students do better in school when learning engages both their minds and their hearts. This dual approach is known as service learning — a teaching method that develops students’ skills and knowledge as they apply classroom lessons to meet real community needs.

December 6, 2018

Is it fake news?

Students and voters alike have been encountering fake news since long before the 2016 election.

November 1, 2018

Structured teaching can benefit all students

Structured teaching, an intervention for students with special needs, includes the physical organization of the classroom, individualized schedules, work/activity systems and visual organization of materials. There are elements of structured teaching from which all students — not just those with special needs — can benefit.
 


October 4, 2018

Honing nonverbal communication skills

In my pre-K classroom, I strive to strengthen my students’ nonverbal communication skills because understanding facial expressions and gestures allows for communication to be fluid, natural and meaningful. For English language learners, these skills are just as important as listening, speaking, reading and writing English when it comes to acquiring English language skills. 


September 6, 2018

Managing your classroom

As we think about gearing up for a new school year, here are a few tips to help us navigate the busy, sometimes overwhelming job of managing a classroom.

July 5, 2018

The importance of character education

There is a profound connection between developing good character and achieving academically. For this reason, our committee of educators launched a character education program to highlight skills that might promote good character in our students. 


June 7, 2018

Helping students become self-aware learners

I started to research metacognition in young children because I wanted my students to be aware of their own learning and thinking and take ownership over their own successes.

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