Posts in March 2013

  1. Day 112: Samantha, Learning Specialist, Middle and Upper School

    [ By on March 15, 2013 ]

    Over the past year, I have attempted to incorporate more technology into my classroom. Google Drive has replaced the over-stuffed binders that once held each of my lesson plans and lesson materials; “flipped lessons,” educational apps, and “blended learning” trends have transformed the traditional lesson models I used when I first started teaching. My students and I have become quite accustomed to the wonderfully simple “Create” and “Share” buttons on Google, which allow us to collaborate via the “cloud,”as the tech world so aptly calls it.

    When all RCS systems were down this morning and it became clear to me that I would not be able to access my online lesson materials, I had to do the unthinkable--teach without

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  2. Day 111: Students from the fifth grade Spanish class of Ms James

    [ By on March 14, 2013 ]

    Dear Miss. Guillen Cueves and students, We can't wait to Skype with all of you! We look forward to playing your games we received. There were some requests during lunch about your grade. There are pictures attached of our class. We hope all of you have a great spring vacation! Sincerely, Emma, Anna, and Justin (special request from him) For all the students in Ms. James' class Emma, Anna and Justin are all in 5K. Anna loves loves loves horses, Emma would like to be a fashion designer and horseback rider, and Justin is looking forward to the Skype!

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  3. Day 110: Brandon, Seventh Grader

    [ By on March 13, 2013 ]

    I was late the first day of school at my new school and I was very worried about the new people I would meet and how I would approach them. “All new kids think about that stuff so why should I be like all new kids, I am going to be different I am going to be the best new kid they ever saw”, I thought to myself. My mom decided to come with me to explain why I was late and to make me feel more comfortable. I stepped into the building as bold as ever and with each step my confidence dropped, dropped and dropped till I just wanted to go back to my car. When we got ...

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  4. Day 109: Cameron, Tenth Grader

    [ By on March 12, 2013 ]

    In my history class, a class discussion on the night before’s reading can often go off in tangents anywhere. Today while discussing the homework, I learned about what some of the Chinese think of their government. My teacher went on a sabbatical for the first half of the year and during that time she made a stop in China. Her trip to China coincided with China’s communist party meetings where a new president is appointed. My teacher told us that she discussed this event with her tour guide who was a relatively young Chinese woman. When my teacher attempted to explain to her how the election system in America works the guide was both enthralled and utterly confused as to ...

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  5. Day 108: Judy, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic and Physical Education Department

    [ By on March 11, 2013 ]

    The perspective that I have is that you have to keep an even keel. I think when you work with people in small surroundings like we do down in the athletic office, you have to know when to bite and not to bite. It’s like a long marriage; you just let some things pass, and other things you have to take care of, but you know your partner so well that you don’t take anything personally. Life is too short to get wound up in any kind of pettiness and squabbles. I very rarely get in a bad mood—I’m more of a laid-back kind of character. When I was younger, everything had to be done right away, whereas now I understand ...

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  6. Day 107: Will, Middle School History Teacher

    [ By on March 08, 2013 ]

    Great questions make great classes. That’s the lesson I learned yet again today in my eighth month teaching at Riverdale. My seventh grade American history class and I were working our way through excerpts from Lincoln’s House Divided Speech, talking through the idea that America was bound to come to blows over the issue of slavery. A student in the back row raised her hand. “Why did the North and South go to war when they did, instead of earlier or later?” It was a great question. Challenging, relevant, and requiring all of their nascent analytical skills. The kind of question that we teachers labor over for hours, emerging from the depths of the curriculum mines to label essential. But when a great question ...

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  7. Day 106: Curt, Second Grader

    [ By on March 07, 2013 ]

    Art and drawing is what I do on the bus. I do art because it's fun to do and when you're focused on a project it's like you never want to stop. I draw on the bus because I do not want to do electronics because it is sometimes boring. Here is one of my pictures. I like drawing Asian or Egyptian stuff, or old fashioned. I draw with pencils, sometimes color or sometimes regular. I also draw with markers but not in my notebook because the pages are very light and the marker splatters; it goes through the page. The words in the ...

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  8. Day 105: Solei, Seventh Grader

    [ By on March 06, 2013 ]

    I recently went on an afterschool trip to The Mosholu Daycare Center. I read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, my favorite children's book to the children at the center. The wonder in their young eyes was so cute, it reminded me of my brother when he was younger. However, I now hate my brother, because as he grew older he became more annoying than I thought he would be. He does not appreciate these type of stories anymore, and all my baby books that I had that were passed on to him have gone to waste, due to alluring video game consoles such as PS3 and Xbox 360. I remember that I always wanted to read ...

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  9. Day 104: Aiden, Twelfth Grader

    [ By on March 05, 2013 ]

    In the end, there’s a part of us that is solely self-centered. You’d think this realization came from an ILS philosophy reading, but, in accordance with Rousseau’s theory on education, I learned this from experience. I was helping out at the language magazine bake-sale, and the time was around 1:20 in the afternoon. We had sold essentially all we could, and most people at this point go around offering discounts on the goodies, or just save them for another day. The organizer of said bake-sale recommended we just give it all away for free, because that’s the type of people we are. So, I went up to the microphone, and after a few minutes of struggling with technology only to find ...

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  10. Day 103: Marsha, Purchasing Agent, Receiving, and Manager of School Store

    [ By on March 04, 2013 ]

    What I did notice today, seriously, is that many students are very mannerly. They'll come in, they'll say good morning, they'll purchase something, then they'll say, “Thank you, have a good day.” Even when they come to the vending machine to buy something, they'll wish me a good day, and I do appreciate that. Not everyone does it, but my appreciation goes to those who do. It makes my day brighter. I just like that they're nice. It's refreshing; after all the bad news that I hear all the time, it's refreshing. Marsha lives in Riverdale with her husband, Fred. When she is not at work, she likes to walk, do yoga, visit museums, and go to the theater.

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