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Posted by John Kuckens on Jul 10, 2014

Left to right: Alisa Algava, Margaret Ryan, Mike Pesca, and Ada Rosario Dolch Slate produces original reporting and commentary on social, business, technology and political stories, and it has earned a bookmark button in many a browser over the years, including mine. Attending the taping of a podcast at Slate ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Jun 17, 2014

This summer, I am taking a course called "Science for Teachers" with Stan Chu. In one of our first classes, Stan nonchalantly mentioned that he is in his 48th year of teaching. The class focuses on building meaningful frameworks for science lessons and how to ask questions that encourage exploration ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Jun 06, 2014

Lots of us have moved to NYC to attend Bank Street. In those exciting first few days, with boxes still taped together, Ikea furniture not yet broken, no salt or pepper or cereal yet, there's a few inevitabilities. You'll go and get lost in the non-gridded streets of the West ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on May 10, 2014

[The views expressed in this blog posting do not reflect that of Bank Street College as a whole] Bank Street's ninth Niemeyer Series, Universal Pre-K in New York City, took place on April 23, 2014. In case you're unfamiliar, The Niemeyer Series invites speakers and moderators to discuss pressing issues ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Apr 25, 2014

A big thank you to those who organized last week’s "Discover Bank Street Day." I was very happy to be on the panel for discussion to talk about my experiences here at Bank Street, and share further afterwards in the lobby. In case you missed it, the day began with ...

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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 05, 2014

Ironic, really. Here I am, the graduate student blogger, and I have to say that I truly prefer a pencil and paper approach to note-taking in class. You’d think I’d be multitasking on several devices at once while sipping down foamy macchiatos. The truth is, as much as I love ...

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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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