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Bank Street Approach
Transcript of Bank Street Approach
Abbey Mixon Bank Street Approach History •Founded in 1916 in New York City by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
•Her husband Wesley Mitchell and colleague Harriet Johnson also helped found it
•Mitchell was influenced by the work of John Dewey Environment The younger children are in a self-contained classroom with a head teacher, teacher assistant, and often a student teacher.
Classroom life offers them the emotional security provided by a small stable community and familiar environment.
The whole group meets when interests converge or when the nature of the activity calls for full participation.Children often work independently or in small groups, with or without adults, with many activities going on simultaneously. Currículum Social Studies - The importance of active engagement in the world around us
human life from moment to moment
the study of connections and relationship Role of the Teacher Other Information •The Bureau of Educational Experiments (BEE) set out to study children--to find out what kind of environment is best suited to their learning and growth
•Originally focused on the study of child development
•In 1919 the Bureau of Educational Experiments establishes a Nursery School. •Mitchell directed the Bank Street School
•Inspiration drawn from child development theory including the work of Anna Freud, Erik Erikson, Barbara Biber, and Jean Piaget.
•Founded because they believe children should be actively engaged in thinking and reasoning •In 1930 the cooperative school for student teachers was founded
•Teachers were now educated on how to stimulate the development of the whole child
•In 1935 student teachers were exposed to new physical, social, and political environments
•In 1943 the New York City Board of Education asks the Cooperative School to give workshops for teachers on its methods. References http://www.trianglejr.com/preschool-compare/montessori-waldorf-bank-street-and-other-pre-school-curriculums
Approaches to Early Childhood Education- Fourth Edition •Teachers come from an arts background and are required to have a masters in special education.
•Do things first and discuss them later approach to teaching subjects
•All subjects are taught through some form of art in an interactive way.
•This approach was created with children with learning disabilities in mind. •Tuition can be as high as $40,000 per year
•Due to the small class sizes and money most class rooms are homogenous and do not have the diverse population of public schools.
Headstart program for 64 3/4year olds Why Parents like/dislike Lab Schools Set up the classroom, mindful that children come to school with diverse learning styles.
Observe the children in various settings in order to learn more about each child.
Based on observations, the teacher create an environment that nurtures the whole child and encourages active participation. Teachers promote a sense of fairness and create a sense of community that helps children gain confidence.
Provide concrete opportunities for children to play, explore, experiment, and recreate their experience by fostering integrated, dynamic approaches to curriculum,.
Knowledge of each child, based on observation and responsive care and engagement enables teachers to build partnerships and to communicate effectively with parents. Literacy - integrated across the curriculum
books reflect many cultures in classroom, school and city
based on child interests Math - build and understand of abstract mathematical ideas
Science - encourage students to develop an attitude of inquiry and respect to the natural and physical environment
Spanish - children are exposed meaningful interaction in Spanish from a native Spanish speaker
Art and Shop -
3/4's investigate and explore the nature of materials
4/5's and 5/6's children discover that this artistic vocabulary used to create symbols Music - builds on the spontaneous musical instincts of young children
singing, dancing, playing instruments
once a week there is a singing assembly
Library - build book selection skills Reviews from Parents Students and Teachers "only go here if you are entering at preschool, not any later. this is because if you come to bankstreet late you are immediatley labeled as a social outcast. from a very observant teacher" "Bank Street is a fabulous school with a vibrant atmosphere. I have had a great time here, enjoying the attention and the community. I do warn that one should be prepared about the High School process. It can be long and stressful, and sometimes very dissapointing." - a student "I have kids in both the lower and middle school at Bank Street and we have found it to be a supportive and inclusive community - sincerely committed to the joy of learning, social justice and the "whole child" It is a unique place in the NY private school world. Bank Street is really "child centered" with social/emotional growth valued along with academics. As a result, the school turns out happy kids who love to go to school" - a parent "We have 421 students enrolled for the 2012--13 school year.
Tuition Scale (School Year 2012-2013):3/4s half-day: $35,4353/4s full-day (nursery)
9/10s (fourth grade): $36,34510/11s (fifth grade)
13/14s (eighth grade): $37,700
After School program is available (http://bankstreet.edu/after-school/)
Interscholastic sports teams are available for upper grades (http://bankstreet.edu/school-children/athletics/)" Katie
Director of Communications