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HIP Unbound: A Report from Columbia’s Innovative Teaching Summer Institute
  • Learning
Brady Smith, High Intensity Practice (HIP) Thinking Instructor

At Avenues, we have a tendency to think of high-intensity practice as belonging solely to the HIP Thinking program. However, shifting from HIP Thinking to Face Your Fears made it clear to me how essential the methods we’ve developed in the HIP program can be to helping students quickly develop competency in discipline-based skills as well.

  • HIP Thinking
A Sensory Exploration of Urban Farm Life in Nursery
  • Learning
Dorine Yang, Nursery Teacher

As a culminating experience in nursery, the Whales and Peacocks headed down to the Battery Urban Farm to explore the different sights, sounds, textures, tastes and smells.

  • Early Learning Center
  • Immersion
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Nursery
How to Decide What to Read Next
  • Learning
Cherie Yanek, Upper Division Librarian

Here are some tips from an Avenues librarian for next time you aren’t sure what to read next!

  • Early Learning Center
  • Library
  • Literacy
  • Lower Division
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
One Day in Flushing, the New Chinatown
  • Learning
Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher

Last spring our 7th and 8th grade Chinese classes went on a field trip to Flushing, Queens, which is one of the largest and fastest growing Chinese communities outside of Asia.

  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • Language
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
Mosaic Madness: Teachers and Students Pursuing Their Passions
  • Learning
Fanny Sosenke, Middle Grades Math Teacher

Students are always surprised to hear that that I have other passions besides mathematics. I am often involved in art projects outside of school and Minimester provided me with the opportunity to spend a week creating art with middle grades students.

  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • Art
  • Arts
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Minimester
Recreating “The Three Little Pigs” in Nursery
  • Learning
Dorine Yang, Nursery Teacher

Our nursery class recently read “The Three Little Pigs.” Eventually this story became the new theme of our dramatic play area!

  • Early Learning Center
  • Immersion
  • Literacy
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Nursery
Avenues Adventure School Minimester
  • Learning
Jessica Berkeley, Middle Grades Humanities Teacher

This spring, 8th grade students in the “Avenues Adventure School” Minimester course had an opportunity to experience some of the ways that New Yorkers can get out and explore our natural environment.

  • 8th Grade
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Minimester
Partner Walks in Small World
  • Learning
Rita Truong, Head of Small World

In the Avenues Small World program for 2- and 3-year-old students, the children take partner walks with a teacher and one peer in the neighborhood as part of our regular spring curriculum. These walks encourage curiosity, friendship and adventure!

  • Early Education
  • Small World
SAMR Application Scope and Sequence
  • Learning
Jacob Goren, Technology Integrator

We embarked on a months-long process to sort through every education app in our arsenal and categorize them.

  • Early Learning Center
  • Educational Apps
  • Lower Division
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Technology
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
Designing and Building an Island in 8th Grade Spanish
  • Learning
Olga Valeria, Middle Grades Spanish Teacher

As part of of their “City Life” topic, students in the Spanish 8D class worked on a hands-on project, “My City Life.” In collaboration with the iLab, students were to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces, paying particular attention to physical, cultural and social identities.

  • 8th Grade
  • Arts
  • iLab
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Project-based Learning
  • Spanish
  • Upper Division