Unrest at Bronx Science

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By Alexandra Waldhorn and Megan Izen Playground politics are no longer reserved for students at Bronx High School of Science. An estimated 70 teachers and supporters from the prestigious public school rallied outside Mayor Bloomberg’s Upper East Side home June 10 with a plea for him to intervene in the school’s ongoing battle with top [&hellip
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They Wrote the Book

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A friendship forged in decades of early childhood education By Mary Stachyra When expectant mothers Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum met in the lobby of their Upper East Side apartment building, both sensed a connection. What they didn’t know was that the chance encounter had set the stage for a business relationship and friendship that [&hellip
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A Family Tradition

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Professional and personal mix in Corcoran’s lesson plans By Lydie Raschka For parent Sophia Lee, Deirdre Corcoran’s classroom is a delicately balanced social structure that creates just the right climate for learning. A strong base of respect allows Corcoran to be “judiciously playful” with her students
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Guided By Imagination

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Students’ interests create the bedrock of Klassen’s lessons By Lydie Raschka Gabriela Klassen is reluctant to share her secrets of time management—perhaps because they go against the grain in this test-prep, skills-based climate. One trick is to “compact” the basics: spend an entire morning on math, for example, so that the afternoon can be dedicated [&hellip
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Math Made Magic

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Nemiroff’s hands-on approach wows parents and students alike By Lydie Raschka Fifth-grade teacher Tracy Nemiroff breaks the math nerd mold. “She’s not what you’d expect,” said parent Claudine May-Gomez. “Tiny, beautiful, little, pretty—and she loves math!”
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Exciting Young Minds

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In her 4th-grade class, McIntyre’s love of learning is contagious By Shannon Geis Lauren McIntyre, 25, says she loves teaching 4th grade because students are just old enough to be independent, but young enough to still be excited by education. “They are like sponges,” said McIntyre, who has been teaching at P.S. 166 for four [&hellip
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Big Ideas for Little Minds

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Hovde opens kindergartners’ eyes to everything from fine art to conservation By Aline Reynolds Five-year-olds at P.S. 187 in Washington Heights are learning how to recycle and bake croissants—in addition, of course, to the basics of reading and writing. Their teacher, Jill Hovde, developed a passion for teaching back in college, when she taught children [&hellip
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The Force Is With Her

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Davis’ skills with young children have impacted generations By Lydie Raschka Kindergarten teacher Brenda Davis is known, respectfully, as the “Jedi Master of early childhood teachers” by the parents who revere her—a few of whom were in her classroom when they were 5 and 6 years old. Davis learned her craft through years of practice, [&hellip
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Talented in Any Language

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Toll’s skills create community in her Spanish-English classroom By Mirva Lempiainen When students’ eyes light up and get that “aha!” expression, that’s when Randi Toll realizes how much she loves her job. “These are the moments I enjoy the most,” she said. Luckily for Toll, who teaches 1st grade at P.S. 163, “it happens a [&hellip
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