Caleb Gattegno

Kindergarten Reading Pandemonium
Bruce

Kindergarten Reading Pandemonium

Actually, this started in our pre-K class.  Six of the pre-K kids read very well now, and I work with them and their teacher, Ms. Velez, once a week on reading. To my mind, the test of whether young children can read is not showing them a picture book of a bunny and having them …

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Conscientious 2nd Grade Students
Bruce

Conscientious 2nd Grade Students

Here’s why I enjoy working with the students and teachers at my public charter school in the Bronx:  The school’s pedagogy, including its unusual materials and techniques, sparks the kids’ intellectual excitement and investment, with minimal input from the teachers and surprising output from the students.  I’m fortunate because as staff trainer, I get to …

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Parkinson’s Poker Face Pays Off Pedagogically
Bruce

Parkinson’s Poker Face Pays Off Pedagogically

As a teacher trainer in a charter school which uses a particular pedagogy, I find my Parkinson’s poker face pays off.  Below are two YouTube clips which show what I mean. They also reveal how I feel about education and my role as a teacher. But first some background.  My school was set up to train its …

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