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In many households there is an imbalance between fostering reading and fostering math. The most important or successful way of fostering quantitative thinking at home is to permeate it in students’ daily lives.   More...

Space by Tinybop is the eighth app in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library, a series of STEM sandbox apps for kids that are designed to inspire curiosity and foster lifelong learning. The app lets kids explore the solar system through interactive games.  More...

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On Sunday, February 26, Avenues held its first Ruckus Constructus, a school-wide family STEAM event created by Avenues faculty, parents and students. The turnout was overwhelming, with more than 1,200 people from the community in attendance and the building came to life with almost 50 hands-on sessions.  More...

Writing math problems encourages meaningful communication of mathematics, promotes problem-solving skills, allows for differentiation in the classroom and slows down the thinking process. With this in mind, I showed recently the girls in the Girls Who Math club some examples of the type of problems Ms. Scully’s class of fourth graders were solving in math and we decided to write similar problems with a Valentine’s theme.   More...

Imagine if your typically peaceful day at Avenues was suddenly interrupted by the discovery that a horrible crime had been committed. Much to your surprise, the chief of the newly formed Avenues Department of Investigation then tells you that it would be up to you and your team of forensic scientists to collect the proper evidence and make sure the correct suspect could be brought to justice. This is exactly the scenario that the Avenues 5th graders encountered in science class this fall.  More...

What do you get when you have 16 middle grades girls in the same room? If you guessed gossip, meanness or superficial conversations you haven’t been in my classroom during the Girls Who Math after-school club! I established the club out of my concern regarding teenage girls’ attitudes towards math. Many girls in middle grades […]  More...

Sixth grade students examined the mathematical concepts in a book they were reading for English class.   More...

Avenues upper grade students designed and built a “tiny house”—literally a house that cannot exceed 100 square feet—for the science nonprofit Black Rock Forest Consortium.   More...

The PBS Kids ScratchJr App allows kids to create their own interactive stories featuring their favorite characters from shows on PBS Kids.  More...

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Annika Gostomski—formerly Jones—joined Avenues in fall 2014 as a science teacher in the Middle School*. Recently married, she returns in fall 2016 with a new name and a new position—she will now teach science in the Lower Division, working with students in grades three through five.   More...