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Posts tagged with "graduate school classes"

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 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 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 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 Dec 10, 2013

This week, instead of our usual Wednesday gathering, my fieldwork conference group and I met at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park. I assumed we would be viewing an exhibit on the important aspects of children's literature then discussing what about those books made them appropriate for literacy ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Dec 03, 2013

At the beginning of each school year, Bank Street hosts the Barbara Biber Lecture. As a graduate student here, you're likely to have the chance to attend one or two of them. I was lucky enough to get a last minute ticket to the Biber Lecture this September, where the ...

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Posted by John Kuckens on Nov 13, 2013

As part of student teaching for my dual certification for Literacy and General Education, my supervised field work includes a 2nd grade classroom at a Magnet School in Brooklyn. I am there 4 days a week, and I very much feel less like an observer and more like a teacher ...

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