A Personal Reflection on the Seminar

by Steve Roushakes           My ideal learning structure is the seminar. I’ve always valued personable exchanges of thoughts, and I just don’t find larger learning structures energizing or rewarding. Put simply, I don’t like to be strictly on the receiving end of a conversation, and I suppose too, as an educator, Read more…

Attracting and Retaining Excellent Teachers

by John Potter           At The New School, the teaching environment is unique and rewarding, and our staff usually stay many years.  Only six out of 31 staff members have been here less than eight years, a striking piece of data by any measure.  Such longevity leads to a very tightly knit group Read more…

Teacher as Coach in an Elementary Geography Class

by Mary Meurisse Richardson Aliens are attacking!  Join the EDF today! Yes, you heard right: the Earth Defense Forces (EDF) need willing and able recruits to help fight off invading aliens! Each new recruit must pass Basic Training in Planet Earth Geography—learning all the continents, oceans, lines of latitude and longitude, and time zone changes. Read more…

Ode to the Math Department

by Eden Costagliola I have two pet peeves about the way people talk about math. The first is when people say, “Do the math.” Arithmetic is a very small part of mathematics, and many brilliant mathematicians are slow or inaccurate at arithmetic. From the Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation movements we learned that we sometimes Read more…