Those of us who grew up in NYC are no stranger to big classes. However, many of us thought by the time our kids went to school, this clear issue would be addressed. Though no silver-bullet, NYS law-makers have finally heard the voices of educators and parents dissatisfied with the current school regulations, and small classes are coming.
We’ve all heard small classes are better for student’s learning. But how small? And how much better? More importantly, where does your child’s class sit in the range of NYC class sizes. And how does the average NYC classroom compare?
The pandemic hit teens and tweens especially hard. The return to school has proved just as difficult. All of the classic strife of teen years: pressures from school, family, and friends, have kids feeling overwhelmed. Why are our teens and tweens struggling to readjust? More importantly, how do we move forward?
Virtual school was hard for students of all ages. Studies have found nearly all students in elementary and middle school are behind in math and ELA. Winter break is a chance to let loose and have fun and catch up in school. Trying to figure out how to manage both? We’ve got you covered.
Are NYC Schools closing? It may be too soon to tell, but preparing for a return to online learning is an investment in your child sure to pay back dividends. Round one of online learning for most parents and children was chaotic, messy, and lackluster. This time around, let’s ace online school. We’ve put together a simple 3-step plan detailing what to do if school goes online again.
The holiday season is just around the corner and finding gifts for kids can be stressful. Did they already get this? Are they too young for that? The solution: gifting the right book. Before you head to your local bookstore or our Tip-Top Brain’s Holiday Book Fair, check out our guidance on choosing the perfect book for the child in your life.
Take a breath, we’ve nearly made it! This past school year has been our hardest yet. We’re nearing 10 weeks to the end of the school year, but what will those weeks look like? Luckily, the NYC Department of Education has provided updates recently that may help us answer that question. Parents and students can expect to see the effect of changes in testing and school closure criteria in weeks to come.
American schools are home to some of the most well-learned students, and qualified teachers in the world. However, countries like Finland, Denmark, and Sweden outrank the United States in education every year. What programs and practices does Finland, Denmark, and Sweden employ to reach the massive success they do? And which might be transferable here to American Schools?