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Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Apr 18, 2014

On April 5th, we gave applicants to our teacher preparation programs an opportunity to discover Bank Street and meet members of our community. They got to meet various faculty and staff members, participate in model lessons, and hear from a group of current students and alumni. During the event, we ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Apr 15, 2014

Standardized testing is a major point of controversy in schools across the country. We have covered some of the issues surrounding this subject on the blog before, but now that tests are happening in schools, it seems like a good time to bring it up again. We recently had a ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Apr 02, 2014

Attending graduate school at Bank Street is no easy undertaking. The coursework challenges you to think deeply and carefully about teaching. The courses themselves are at night, often during dinner time. Toward the end of the 7:00-9:00 pm courses, it can be hard to think coherently without a cup of ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Mar 31, 2014

There are plenty of studies that link music to learning. This blog has even posted before about a whole course here at Bank Street, Music and Movement. In it, graduate students learn that incorporating music and movement into your lesson plans helps students acquire new skills and reinforce old ones. ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Mar 25, 2014

Many of us are applying to positions in public or private schools at this time of year. Although the 2014-2015 school year won't begin until late August, now is the time to start thinking seriously about where you'd like to teach! Apply to lots of places and, at the very ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Mar 21, 2014

As hard working graduate students, we get so caught up in our fieldwork placements and trips to the library that we give ourselves a tunnel vision of sorts. We study hard, read, and observe teachers and schools around New York City, losing ourselves in coursework and the experience. While it ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Mar 11, 2014

I attended Bank Street's public and charter school job fair last Wednesday. I hadn't been to one since starting classes here last year but now I wish I had! Although there's no "hiring on the spot," it is great to meet people from schools and to hear about what they ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Mar 05, 2014

First year teachers have a lot to consider when setting up their classroom. The physical placement of materials, bins, coat hooks, and name tags is important because it plays a huge role in classroom management. Transitions are the toughest times to manage, so this list should provide some ideas to ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Feb 27, 2014

I caught up with Bank Street alumna Elana Steltzer on the phone during snowstorm Pax two weeks ago. Elana has had a range of experiences in the world of teaching since graduating from Bank Street's Early Childhood Special Education program ('07) and the Autism Annotation ('11). In our discussion, we ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Feb 25, 2014

On Monday, February 10th, the Bank Street College Alumni Association hosted a roundtable discussion called "Still Separate, Still Unequal, Challenges Facing Public Education 60 Years after Brown v. Board of Education." The participants were Martha Andrews, Margaret Blachly, Barbara Graves-Poller, Monte Joffee, and Verta Maloney. Moderating (and occasionally contributing) were ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Feb 20, 2014

Something many prospective students worry about in the application process. I wanted to share with readers what it was like for me. I've seen a great technique in my supervised fieldwork called "kid-speak." When teaching in a group setting, the teacher has the directions repeated to the class by a ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Feb 12, 2014

Did you know about Castle Clinton? I had no idea about it until we took second graders there last fall. It is one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan, and has been converted, re-converted, or restored so many times it boggles the mind. It has been an opera house, museum, ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Feb 06, 2014

On Thursday, my cooperating teacher and I took 27 second graders to the Center for Architecture Foundation. The trip ties in to a larger unit of study on how buildings work. The AIA New York Chapter was a wonderful experience for our second graders. The architect workshop leader for the ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Jan 30, 2014

The subway. For some, a disorienting and stressful experience, where uptown and downtown feels like luck of the draw. For others, an efficient, enjoyable, and history-rich marvel of urban engineering. For most of us though, there are 3 to 4 stops we are familiar with and we know just where ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Jan 28, 2014

...and we're back! What a wonderful holiday break. I hope everyone survived the "polar vortex" and at the very least got to enjoy calling it the polar vortex. Classes are beginning this week! Students are again scanning their IDs at the front gates, familiar faces are spotted in familiar classrooms, ...

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