How do mathematical equations translate into physical form? What formulas are needed to create a work of art? Students in A “Sine” of the Times chose their inspiration, developed designs... More > using oscillation graphs, and wrote reflections about how they learned to see math as well as themselves as mathematicians. With patterns as unique as their creators, this publication will inspire students and teachers to find creative applications for math in their own classrooms.< Less
The election of America’s first African American president prompted 11th grade English classes at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School to realize that a clear vision combined with... More > the right words and images could influence and inspire profound change. Tapping into their passions and utilizing cutting edge computer software, these students exercised their freedom of speech to create profound political posters and write persuasive speeches. The range of issues they chose is remarkable; the student-writers of Take a Position, Create a Vision return us to democracy.< Less
...That is certainly the case for these 10th graders as they explored, through Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the trials in their own lives and in the world around them.
Ultimately, the... More > purpose of this yearlong project was for students to explore how writing about literature and our own experiences can help us to gain a deeper understanding of a text and of ourselves. Not only did these students accomplish this goal, they also learned that writing about literature can inform and instruct other students as well. The Truth Unfolded: Young Writers Explore the Crucible invited students to incorporate their thoughts and personally challenging experiences into academic yet reflective essays written in the hopes of helping other students in their study of The Crucible and other teachers in their teaching of it.< Less
This book, Yesterday’s Issues, Today’s Perspectives, Tomorrow’s Lessons, revolves around eight historical events and the controversial issues and different points of view that come... More > along with them. These issues are surrounded by passionate arguments and strongly held differences of opinion. In a country where freedom of speech is so strongly valued and exercised, the fact that no two people will ever think exactly alike is obvious but can also become problematic. < Less
Our Mosaics: Stories of Community, Culture, and Self
Personal Narratives from the 4th and 5th grade students at New York City's PS 175, PS 154, PS 115, PS 161
A collaboration between the... More > Office of School and Community Partnerships and the Student Press Initiative at Teachers College Columbia University.
This mosaic of stories offers the creative and real life experiences of fourth and fifth graders from four schools in the Harlem area of New York City. The writers of these stories are young and vibrant and with their words they transport us to a place inside ourselves—a place where we can see the world we traverse through their inquisitive and sincere eyes. This view they share with us allows us to set aside our burdens for a while and see only the beauty and joy they offer, and in doing so these young writers bind us together to form a rich humanity that is present in all of us.< Less