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Archive for ‘hip-writing’

In October, students in the middle grades HIP writing program read about the secret life of Gus the theater cat in T.S. Eliot’s poem of the same name, then imagined their own versions of what kind of secret life their pet would have. The lesson set the scene for an optional field trip to see Cats on Broadway, and on Tuesday, November 1, more than 135 Avenues students, teachers and parents attended the evening show of the musical.   More...

HIP, or High Intensity Practice, is in its second year at Avenues, and our HIP Stories gathering marked the first time parents joined their children to celebrate the work they’ve been doing in HIP Writing.   More...

One of the great things about being in a school like Avenues is the chance to use New York City itself as a classroom. On Wednesday, September 21, a group of Avenues faculty, led by the High Intensity Practice (HIP) writing team, and 35 students did just that, attending a Roundabout Theatre production of Anton Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard.  More...

Matthew Mercier joins Avenues in fall 2016 as a High Intensity Practice (HIP) writing teacher in the Upper Division.   More...

This fall, we welcome Erin Finn-Welch back as a program coordinator for the High Intensity Practice (HIP) writing in the middle grades program.  More...

In fall 2016, Avenues welcomes Carlene Bauer as a High Intensity Practice (HIP) writing teacher in the Upper Division. The HIP writing program, now in its second year at Avenues, is based on the belief that the best strategy for cultivating lasting skill in a discipline is to pair sustained effort with appropriate coaching. Students are asked to spend focused time throughout the week writing on a variety of prompts and questions designed to promote cognitive flexibility and build fluency and confidence in writing.  More...

Molly Rose Ávila joins Avenues in fall 2016 as a High Intensity Practice (HIP) writing teacher in the Upper Division. The HIP writing program, now in its second year at Avenues, is based on the belief that the best strategy for cultivating lasting skill in a discipline is to pair sustained effort with appropriate coaching.   More...

One of the founding goals of the HIP writing program is creating a community where strong writing is shared and celebrated. In the week leading up to the winter break, 7–8 grade students were able to take their thoughts about audience out of the conceptual and face a real audience of their peers at an “open mic” reading.  More...

Through a new program we call HIP (High Intensity Practice), Middle and Upper School students at Avenues write with quiet purpose on a variety of prompts and questions.  More...

Todd Shy joined Avenues in 2012 as the curriculum specialist for Middle School humanities and as a humanities teacher with a focus on history. In 2014, he became the director of the mastery program, an integral part of the Upper School curriculum. In 2015, he assumes a new role, as curriculum specialist for high intensity practice (HIP) writing in the Middle and Upper Schools.  More...