Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Toy Stories

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti traveled the world taking pictures of children with their most prized possessions. Why not use his photo series as a prompt for speaking or writing in class?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Teacher Ideas: Happy Stories

Thanks to Kevin for an installment in our Teacher Ideas series. (Here is a previous piece by Kevin.)
Image by Joseph Wu Origami on Flickr

Happy Stories, by Kevin Lathrop

Many students return to school to begin a new career or to gain the education needed to progress in a field in which they’ve already trained and worked. People in the middle of their lives make the profound decision to start a new story in their lives or to change the story already begun.

For teachers, it is helpful to listen to stories students tell about their experience in New York. Even if they are only indirectly relevant to the work in the class, stories provide a way forward. Just as effective students can find opportunities for learning everywhere, a skillful teacher can discover hints about how to help in unexpected places. Listening to students is an important part of our job.

These stories are from Level 4 on Saturday. They are happy stories.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Final Paperwork And Students Receiving Financial Assistance

It is time for faculty and staff to start thinking about final paperwork, so it is good for us to remember that more and more of our students are submitting grade reports in scholarship applications. Please keep this in mind as you fill out grade reports for your students - the feedback we provide is crucial for student learning, but it is increasingly important for those students receiving help from aid-granting organizations as well.