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How to Teach About Christopher Columbus

Posted by Joan Paster on Oct 5, 2018 10:10:00 AM

When teaching students about Christopher Columbus in 2018, it’s important to take many different perspectives into consideration. Students – even those in elementary school – are capable of understanding different perspectives. Students must be encouraged, in an age-appropriate way, to research and develop their own opinions about this part of our history.

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Topics: teaching, education

Why Labor Day Is Still Relevant

Posted by James McEvoy on Sep 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Often seen as summer’s last hurrah – one last chance to enjoy a family barbecue or trip to the shore – Labor Day is among the least understood holidays. And while the meaning of the holiday seems somewhat self-explanatory, its origins are far less obvious, yet very much relevant today.

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Topics: education

5 Questions with Alex Podchaski

Posted by James McEvoy on Dec 7, 2017 12:13:02 PM
 
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Alex Podchaski, Director of Technology at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will present on " Technology in Education."
 
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Topics: technology, education, educational forum

5 Questions with Paul Kutner

Posted by James McEvoy on Dec 6, 2017 10:36:58 AM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Paul Kutner, Director of Global Learning at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will present on " The Relevence of Learning History."
 
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Topics: education, high school, middle school, educational forum, history

5 Questions with Kim Connolly

Posted by James McEvoy on Dec 5, 2017 10:01:25 AM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Kim Connolly, Lower School Technology Integrator at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will lead an interactive student session at the Forum, called " The Magic of Modern Tinkering."
 
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Topics: technology, education, elementary school, educational forum

5 Questions with Cristina Iribarne

Posted by James McEvoy on Nov 30, 2017 12:23:09 PM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Cristina Iribarne, Reading Specialist at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will lead an interactive student session at the Forum, called "Towards a Stronger You."
 
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Topics: education, elementary school, educational forum

5 Questions with Cynthea Traverso

Posted by James McEvoy on Nov 28, 2017 2:30:35 PM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Cynthea Traverso, Upper School Math Teacher at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child:
 
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Topics: technology, education, STEM, educational forum

Santa's 2017 Tech Gift Guide

Posted by Alex Podchaski on Nov 22, 2017 12:39:56 PM

We found this document on the network printer near the tech office. We’re pretty sure this will help during the holiday shopping season (especially this weekend, hint, hint!). Just don’t tell anyone where you got the information from, as we don’t want to get our helpdesk folks in trouble!

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Topics: technology, christmas, education

Why the Arts in Education Is So Important for Kids

Posted by Brenda McCulley on Oct 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

All arts teachers want to develop and nurture their students as they help them learn to express their own passion, creativity and individual perspective of the world around them. By encouraging children to participate in the arts in education — be it the play and creativity of drama, dance, art or music — we establish an atmosphere of passion, creativity and wonder.

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Topics: education, elementary school, performing arts, private school, the arts, fine arts

7 Elementary School Separation Anxiety Tips for Parents

Posted by Pat Barry on Aug 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The first few weeks of a new school year are always a time of adjustment and many students (and parents) feel a sense of separation anxiety, which is perfectly normal. Separation anxiety in children is often caused by fear of the unknown when it comes to a new situation or it can relate to something that is happening at home or to something that the child has just experienced before arriving at school. No matter what the cause, it is heart-wrenching to everyone involved. As teachers, we need to be able to nurture the child who is upset, provide support to the parents who feel like they are abandoning their child and also, help the other children feel at ease as they may start feeling anxious with seeing one of their classmates so distressed. As a parent of three, I have experienced my own share of back-to-school jitters and it is extremely challenging. It is one of the hardest things to deal with as a parent, and can be very stressful as a teacher as well. Below are a number of strategies I have developed to help parents along the way. Remember, elementary school separation anxiety is a phase; it is perfectly natural and it will pass.

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Topics: education, elementary school, lower school, back-to-school, parenting, separation anxiety

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