Posts Tagged ‘Education’

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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An Artistic Approach to Learning

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Kilbane infuses lessons with drama, dance and outdoor excursions By Lydie Raschka Every weekday, Karen Kilbane rides her bike from Tribeca to the Upper East Side to teach kindergarten at Hunter College Elementary School. “She lives for her kindergarten,” said Principal Randy Collins. “Her class is a great way for kids to start school.”
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A Song in the Classroom

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For Evans, music livens lessons and keeps students focused By Shannon Geis In a funny way, it was a stint on cruise ship that allowed Florence Evans to fully understand her love of teaching. The Long Island native had studied vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music and taught music education at P.S. 166. [&hellip
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Teacher’s Push to Succeed

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With Owen at the helm, students strive to excel and explore By Linnea Covington With a cheerful “Good morning!” Will Owen greets each student in his 4th-grade class as they sit down. As soon as they are settled, he does something he calls “stretching,” which entails lessons like pre-reading and observation, to ready their minds [&hellip
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The Language of Learning

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Drawing on theatrical background, Petersen dazzles new English speakers By Mary Stachyra Years ago, Erika Petersen dreamed of becoming an actress. She enrolled in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, but dropped out to pursue acting full time. After her daughter was born, she decided that the out-of-town trips were too taxing and [&hellip
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