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Posts tagged with "graduate school classes"

Questions from You (Part 2)!

Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

On March 28, 2015, 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, ...


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Questions from you!

Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015

On March 28, 2015, 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, ...


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I Love Math: And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

Before starting at Bank Street, there was one subject I was particularly nervous about tackling, and that subject was math. I have never felt comfortable with adding or subtracting in my head, I have trouble recalling my multiplication facts, and I still don’t know how I passed Algebra in high ...


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How I Learned Science by Cleaning a Chicken

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, 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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Opting out of standardized tests

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, 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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Technology

Posted by John Kuckens on Saturday, Apr 5, 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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Tips to get through Graduate School

Posted by John Kuckens on Wednesday, Apr 2, 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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Study Abroad with Bank Street

Posted by John Kuckens on Friday, 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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Alumni Interview: Elana Steltzer

Posted by John Kuckens on Thursday, 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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Experiencing 'the ABCs of it' with Leonard S. Marcus, Curator

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, 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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Bank Street’s Music & Movement Mindset

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, Dec 3, 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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Smart Board

Posted by John Kuckens on Wednesday, 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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