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Early Childhood Literature-- Books For Children And Why They're My Favorite Thing

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018

You can say anything with a book. And children love them. They are essential tools for teaching and learning that color the process of delivering content to young minds. Appropriate, quality literature goes far beyond stimulating children’s literacy learning. Books help to convey messages of every kind and illustrate ideas ...

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Celebrating All Of Us-- Ways We Promote Cultural Inclusion And Responsiveness In My Classroom

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018

It’s no secret that cultural responsiveness is a sought-after practice. At Bank Street, it is part of the educative canon. However, it is also not a secret that practicing it can be challenging. Culturally Responsive Practice (CRP) requires understanding of what it really is and as a teacher, practicing it ...

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Science And Early Childhood - Why Young Children Are The Best Scientists

Posted by Carolina Soto on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

Scientists are astrophysicists. They are chemists, and archaeologists - biologists and anthropologists. They also happen to be three- and four-year-old children in my classroom. Last Fall, I took Science for Teachers (see a prior blogger’s post on his experience in this class here). Thoughts of science and young children are ...

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Quantifying Intelligence And Success In Early Childhood

Posted by Carolina Soto on Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

As the year begins, we often set new goals for ourselves and experience a renewal in our outlooks and dispositions. At this halfway point in the school year, I also tend to reflect on the goals my students have for themselves, their  developmental milestones, and the goals parents and families ...

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Reflecting on Autumn - Learning the Season

Posted by Carolina Soto on Saturday, Dec 23, 2017

“CI-NNA-MON!” the class yelled the syllables in a boisterous, clamoring, almost-unison that reverberated enthusiasm through the room. Yes— what they’d just smelled is cinnamon— and nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger, ground and mixed together to form a spice that is uniquely autumn. I had just introduced them to some essential ...

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Progressive Education: Learning to Understand

Posted by Carolina Soto on Monday, Sep 25, 2017

In education, it’s always a point of both interest and tension: progressive education versus traditional and all the assumptions that come with each. Growing up having been taught via traditional education then attending Bank Street for graduate school, I can admit that I’ve never felt the active process of real ...

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Colorism and the Bronx

Posted by Carolina Soto on Monday, Sep 11, 2017

Bank Street is big on social justice. We roar like lions at the inequities of our educational system.  It is a source of pride for many of us graduate students that equity, exploring institutional and systemic racism, color, culture, bias, stereotypes and activism are steadfast anchors - integral bones in ...

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Experiences With Bank Street’s Center On Culture, Race And Equity— Summer Musings (Or Lack Thereof)

Posted by Carolina Soto on Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017

Basically, at this point in the year, I’m a zombie. I’m so tired, my eyelashes ache - which I can assure you, can be a normal symptom after every school year. I can imagine many teachers feel the same and are blessedly counting down the hours, minutes, seconds until school’s ...

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NAEYC's Week Of The Young Child: From The Bottom Of The Sea Up, Up Into Our Classroom

Posted by Carolina Soto on Friday, Jun 2, 2017

Although this year was my fourth participating in NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child (and despite all the work that goes into the presentation) it never ceases to wow me. The students definitely express their wonder at how all of their weeks of work (and ours as educators) come together ...

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Springtime in the Bronx

Posted by Carolina Soto on Monday, May 15, 2017

Spring feels like freedom. Once spring is done with the dreary, watery days of April and the sun emerges (most days) in May - I love it. My students do too. The warmer weather, soothing breezes and infinite blue skies re-energize us with a luminous optimism veiled in mirth. Although ...

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Supporting Each Other: A Bridge Between Families And Educators

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

One of the most challenging things about teaching in early childhood education surprisingly has nothing to do with children. Building an effective & secure bridge of trust, communication, and deep understanding between teachers and families really requires a lot of willingness and acceptance. This is often quite the task. Take for ...

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Supervised Fieldwork: Conference Groups

Posted by Carolina Soto on Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

It’d been whispered a time or two that educators often need therapy. Not the lay-on-a-chaise-and-spill-all-your-existential-crises-out-to-a-doctor kind of therapy (although there’s nothing wrong with that). No, more like the kind of therapy anyone needs after a taxing day (or a couple of days) of hard work. Teaching is not easy—  it’s ...

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Supervised Fieldwork: Observation

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Nothing terrifies a teacher more than mentioning a class observation. Teachers are observed a lot - a whole lot. Whether from the city, the state, independent organizations, or any part of an administration, having someone watch every move you make to assess your competency is always nerve-wracking, no matter how ...

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Exploring Curriculum - Activities I Do With My Students And Why

Posted by Carolina Soto on Thursday, Mar 30, 2017

If there’s one thing I’ve proven time and again in my journey as a teacher, it is that young children love to have fun. When we are immersed in a study characterized by interesting, challenging material, days pass unnoticed and learning happens seemingly by a kind of intrinsic osmosis. Then ...

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice - We’re Not Just Playing!

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017

Children play for a reason. There are very specific, very real, biological, emotional, cognitive,  and human reasons children are irrevocably compelled to and consumed with play. Play is an essential vehicle for learning in children’s lives. When they are immersed in the depths of profound play sessions, they are learning ...

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Emotionally Responsive Practice And Emotional Literacy - Invaluable Resources For Our Youngest Students

Posted by Carolina Soto on Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

I’d heard that students at Bank Street like to eat. It came as no surprise when I heard one of Bank Street’s classic symposiums, the Weismann Dinner, always featured good chicken - lots of good chicken. This was my first brush with Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP) - my interest piqued, ...

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Winter in NYC

Posted by Carolina Soto on Monday, Feb 27, 2017

Although winter seems like it’s left us early this year, there are some of us who actually long for the season. Despite the bitter cold some of us (me!) try desperately to escape - winter truly plays an integral part in the idyllic New York City experience. When I’m bundled ...

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A Lifetime of Learning Awaits... And It All Started With That One Click

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Let me allay your fears. Bank Street is that ideal college - It is unique, and it is wonderful.  Through my studies here, I have found Bank Street to be cozy and intimate, simultaneously an extensive network of staff, students, partnerships, programs, and resources which make it an indelible educational establishment. ...

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How to Survive: Tips to Keep Your Sanity Through Grad School at Bank Street

Posted by Carolina Soto on Friday, Feb 3, 2017

Sometimes it all seems overwhelming. Life is a big ball of rubber bands -a messy looking sphere comprised of many strands of experiences. The rubber bands cross each other intertwining -they’re stretched or relaxed -sometimes they snap. These individual experiences making up the whole may be strained and filled with tension like a ...

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Culturally Responsive Practice - Shared Funds Of Knowledge With Our Community

Posted by Carolina Soto on Monday, Jan 23, 2017

This city is a melting pot. It is a classic phrase:  true, utilized, and heard quite possibly too often, yet it remains an apt description of the absolute fusion of cultures, connections, and states of being existing in New York City. There is a quintessential fluidity here that unapologetically paints ...

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Faculty Blog Post - Seeing the Wind: English in Classrooms

Posted by Cristian Solorza on Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

Although you cannot see the wind you know it’s there. You feel it. It’s seemingly everywhere and nowhere. When you think you see it, you’re not seeing it at all, but detecting what it carries. My mother often complains about viento zonda engulfing her home. Strong winds travel down the ...

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Theory and Practice - What Do Vygotsky, Erikson, and Maslow Know About 3 Year Olds in the Bronx?

Posted by Carolina Soto on Thursday, Jan 12, 2017

If New York City is legendarily tough - The Bronx is tougher. There’s a sense of bravado - a strength, pride and a distinguishable bearing wrought from life experience in the Bronx. This character is passed down - it is cultivated in the youngest Bronxites because it provides a vital defense against the ...

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Beating the Stress: Places to Chill in NYC

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017

This time of year is insane for many of us. The semester comes to a close and the winter holidays come barreling through with both the scent of panic and freshly baked cookies in the air. Before the winter break, it seems like everyone stresses over tying up loose ends. That ...

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A Day in my Life - A Balancing Act

Posted by Carolina Soto on Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

On a typical weekday, I feel like I have a million thoughts. Like many graduate students who may also work and lead full lives outside of school, I also feel like I have hundreds of things to do, from small things like making the bed or mailing out rent, to heftier ...

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The 17th Annual Language Series Conference— My First Time, Certainly Not My Last

Posted by Carolina Soto on Thursday, Dec 8, 2016

Vibrant, effervescent— people milled about the Bank Street lobby. Anticipation and enthusiasm intertwined with warmth and comfort—  painting the diverse crowd with both splashes of bright color and hushed golden honey hues like translucent watercolor. Trickling into the Tabas Auditorium, we awaited the keynote address. The pleasure of contemplating and ...

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Welcome to the Bronx! Introducing Bank Street's First Bronx Cohort via The Early Childhood Urban Education Initiative Program

Posted by Carolina Soto on Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016

I’d never heard of Bank Street before one and a half years ago. But it seems a lifetime for all I’ve learned. It is no secret that Bank Street College of Education is an institution highly regarded in early childhood education. Except —  it had been a secret to me. ...

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Meet Carolina Soto Bonds

Posted by Carolina Soto on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016

Hello! I am the 2016-2017 Bank Street College Graduate Admissions Student Blogger. Yay! I am excited — maybe too much — and a little in awe of all the opportunity it encompasses. Carolina Soto Bonds. That is my name. My name is me. I am from New York City born ...

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Admissions on the Road

Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016

Every Fall, the Office of Graduate Admissions travels to various parts of the Northeast and California to meet our prospective students at graduate fairs. Check out our On the Road page to see what Fall 2016 holds in store for us! If you'd like to meet with a counselor while ...

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Supervised Fieldwork at Cool Culture

Posted by Domonique Williams on Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

Along with graduation, what I was most looking forward to at the start of my last semester at Bank Street was the supervised fieldwork portion of the museum education program at a cultural institution. In the Museum Education:Childhood program we are required to do one semester of supervised fieldwork in ...

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Questions from you!

Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Friday, Apr 22, 2016

On April 9, 2016, 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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My Move to New York City

Posted by Domonique Williams on Thursday, Apr 7, 2016

I was extremely thrilled and overjoyed when I received my acceptance letter from Bank Street. However, with each new person I shared my good news with, that excitement was replaced with something else: reality. The first thing out of everyone’s mouth after “congratulations!” was, “So where are you going to ...

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How do you make time for yourself as a busy grad student?

Posted by Domonique Williams on Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be challenging enough but it can feel like a near impossible feat when you add graduate school to the mix. Though it is easier said than done, it is also crucial to our health, well-being, and, even our classrooms. I had to learn to make ...

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Observation & Recording

Posted by Domonique Williams on Friday, Feb 26, 2016

"Observing and recording children's behavior is the wellspring that nourishes and integrates the dual elements of a teacher's role - doing and reflecting. Using these techniques, teachers learn to rely on themselves as a potent source of information and to share what they've learned with colleagues and parents about the ...

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Job Search Support Day

Posted by Domonique Williams on Saturday, Feb 13, 2016

Time really does fly when you are having fun (or busy with a full graduate school workload). It is hard to believe that I have reached the semester where I am actively thinking about and searching for what is next to come after graduation. Seems like only yesterday I was ...

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Applying to Bank Street

Posted by Domonique Williams on Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016

One day at work, during the summer of 2014, the idea to go back to school full-time struck me. I knew if this were to happen, I needed to act fast because the fall semester start date for schools was quickly approaching. I felt that if I didn’t start as ...

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Talking about Race in the Classroom

Posted by Domonique Williams on Monday, Jan 18, 2016

“Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, 1963. Exactly one week away from the holiday honoring the legacy of Dr. ...

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Learning by doing: Out of Classroom Learning Resources

Posted by Domonique Williams on Monday, Jan 11, 2016

I am a proponent of learning that is stimulated by the desire to explore, wonder, and question, and how this type of learning can transcend from the classroom to other settings. As educator and philosopher John Dewey says, "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." In keeping ...

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Child Development

Posted by Domonique Williams on Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015

Child Development (EDUC 500) is one of the foundational courses that are required by many of the graduate programs at Bank Street. I took the course during my first semester here and it remains one of my favorite courses that I have taken at the Graduate School. The content was ...

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New York City in the Winter

Posted by Domonique Williams on Thursday, Dec 10, 2015

New York has so much to offer all year round and wintertime brings its own unique set of experiences thanks to all of the holiday cheer. However, when the temperature drops and the list of final assignments grows, it is easy to want to stay indoors buried under the covers ...

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My First Day in the Classroom

Posted by Domonique Williams on Friday, Dec 4, 2015

Walking into my classroom on the first day of school, I was a bundle of nerves. Would they like me? Am I smart enough? Can I really do this? My feelings on my first day of supervised fieldwork probably mirrored those of the first graders in my class. However, those ...

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Meet Domonique Williams

Posted by Domonique Williams on Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Hello! My name is Domonique Williams and I am ecstatic to serve as the 2015-2016 Bank Street College graduate admissions blogger! I am from Silver Spring, MD and received my bachelor’s degree in History from Tuskegee University in Alabama. As a history major, the question I always heard was, “What ...

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Bank Street's Commitment to Literature

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Monday, May 18, 2015

I was honored to be a part of this years admitted students day, also known as Discover Bank Street. It was just last year that I attended the first Discover Bank Street event and I was so happy to experience it again one year later. I participated on a panel ...

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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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Student Teacher: Teacher and Student

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Monday, Apr 13, 2015

Every program at Bank Street involves some form of supervised fieldwork. Depending on the program this can be as a head teacher, assistant teacher, or a student teacher. For my program, the dual early childhood and childhood education program, you must complete your fieldwork as a student teacher in four ...

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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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Making a Career Change

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Monday, Mar 16, 2015

Last month, Bank Street held a career changer forum geared towards prospective students who are considering making a career change into education. I participated in the event as a panelist with two other Bank Street alumni, Greg David and Jamie Hopper. All three of us made the switch to teaching ...

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My Experience Applying to Bank Street

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Monday, Mar 2, 2015

This time last year I was finishing up my application to Bank Street, so I thought it was a good time to share my application experience. If you are still considering applying, the priority deadline has passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late! Bank Street is still accepting applications ...

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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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A Day in the Life

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Today I wanted to share with you a typical day in my life as a student told through photographs. A typical day for me includes student teaching followed by classes in the afternoon/evening with some homework/studying thrown in there whenever possible. My view on my way into the city from ...

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Applying to the Graduate School

Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015

As we near the February 1st priority application deadline for both Summer and Fall 2015, the Office of Graduate Admissions has rounded up a list of helpful links that you can reference as you go through the process.  EXPLORE Doing research on your program interest is likely your first step in applying ...

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Holidays off the Beaten Path

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014

New York City is an exciting place around the holidays. There are lots of festive things to do from the tree at Rockefeller Center to the window displays at Macy’s. I would like to share with you some unique holiday things to do around the city with a graduate student ...

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Podcasts on the Commute

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

One of the greatest things about New York City is the public transportation. We can get on a subway, bus, or a train without the hassle and stress of driving (not to mention parking)! I commute to the city from New Jersey and I know many of my fellow classmates ...

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Book Discussion with President Shael Polakow-Suransky

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

On October 29th, I had the opportunity to attend a book discussion hosted by Bank Street’s new president Shael Polakow-Suransky. Over the summer, Shael sent an email to everyone in the Bank Street community and invited us to read the book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, ...

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Navigating the Open House

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Friday, Nov 14, 2014

On November 20th, Bank Street will be holding one of many Graduate School open houses. I attended one of these open houses at this time last year when I was considering applying to the school. It was very informative and definitely helped nudge me in the direction of applying. I ...

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Meet Sharon Leatherwood

Posted by Sharon Leatherwood on Friday, Nov 7, 2014

Hello and welcome to the Graduate Admissions Blog! My name is Sharon Leatherwood and I am thrilled to be the graduate student blogger for the 2014-2015 school year at Bank Street College. I am here to share with you my experiences as a first year graduate student at Bank Street ...

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Bank Street On The Road

Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Monday, Sep 8, 2014

The Graduate School holds a number of different events on campus throughout the year. During the Fall, we travel out to various school and conferences to see you in person! Our Fall schedule is finalized and we hope to see you while we are traveling in the next few months. Check ...

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Alumni Featured on Slate Podcast on Teacher Tenure

Posted by John Kuckens on Thursday, 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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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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The Tourist in Me

Posted by John Kuckens on Friday, Jun 6, 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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Reflections on the 9th Niemeyer series: UPK in NYC

Posted by John Kuckens on Saturday, 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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Discover Bank Street Day!

Posted by John Kuckens on Friday, 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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Questions from you!

Posted by Jesse Nguyen on Friday, 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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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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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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Music & Studying

Posted by John Kuckens on Monday, 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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The Job Hunt

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, 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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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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Navigating the Job Fair

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, 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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Top 10 New Teacher Materials

Posted by John Kuckens on Wednesday, Mar 5, 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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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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Reflection on the roundtable: 'Still Separate, Still Unequal'

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, 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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Tips on Applying

Posted by John Kuckens on Thursday, 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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Field Trips - Part 2!

Posted by John Kuckens on Wednesday, 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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Center for Architecture Foundation Field Trip

Posted by John Kuckens on Thursday, Feb 6, 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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Navigating the Subways

Posted by John Kuckens on Thursday, 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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Welcome Back!

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, 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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What are Occasional Papers?

Posted by John Kuckens on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

Do you know about Bank Street's Occasional Papers? You might have seen some posters near the oft-traveled elevators, announcing the addition of a new Occasional Paper. I was intrigued when I first saw one of these postings, but also reluctant to take a look because I had plenty to read ...

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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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Reducing or Eliminating Standardized Testing

Posted by John Kuckens on Friday, Dec 6, 2013

Javier C. Hernandez's article in The Times, "New York State Seeks to Scale Back Student Testing" details some steps being taken to reduce the amount and type of testing for certain students in New York state by John B. King, Jr. Hernandez outlines a few points, namely that: "students struggling ...

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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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Supervised Fieldwork Demystified

Posted by John Kuckens on Friday, Nov 22, 2013

These are questions I often hear about Supervised Fieldwork at Bank Street: How does Bank Street help you get your placement? When do you find out? What do you do when you find out? How do you survive a year with no income? What's the best part of it? As ...

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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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Hard at work on blog post topics

Posted by John Kuckens on Monday, Nov 11, 2013

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Why memoir?

Posted by John Kuckens on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013

As a future literacy coach, writing will of course be a focus of learning for my students. I recently read an article about memoirs from Beth Kephart that I found interesting. Writing memoirs is a particularly attractive activity, because it allows the opportunity for the student to think about themselves ...

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The Mayoral Candidates’ Proposed Educational Reforms

Posted by John Kuckens on Monday, Nov 4, 2013

As voting day for New York City's new Mayor approaches, I wanted to offer a progressive education prospective on the proposed educational reforms from candidates Bill deBlasio and Joe Lhota. What is a progressive education, though? The progressive mission statement of Bank Street is to nurture the creative, independent, and ...

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Meet Our Student Blogger

Posted by Bank Street on Friday, Oct 25, 2013

Hello out there. My name is John Kuckens, and I am delighted to be your graduate admissions blogger for the 2013-2014 school year at Bank Street College. Many of you are brought to the blog because you are curious about applying to Bank Street, or you are new students. I ...

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Textbooks, textbooks, textbooks!

Posted by Bank Street on Saturday, Sep 21, 2013

At Bank Street College, is the official place to get your textbooks for your classes. The website gives you an opportunity to search by term, class, and class section, so make sure you choose the right professors and classes when getting your book lists! The textbooks are sold at ...

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Blogger: Sara Nowak

Posted by Bank Street on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

I'm a fairly new addition to the Bank Street College community and already adoring it! I am in my second semester, as of this writing, in the duel Masters Program in Museum Education and Early Childhood Education. Prior to this chapter of my life, I attained my B.A. in English ...

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About Our Blog

Posted by Bank Street on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

The Office of Graduate Admissions at Bank Street College has set up this blog to help aid in the application process, offer a glimpse into what it's like to be a student at the college, as well as what it's like to be situated in what is arguably the capital ...

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