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Sixth grader recognized for her excellence in Chinese language learning
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute recognized EFS sixth grader Carlie P. for excellence in Chinese language learning during the 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration at UB.

 
Doing the Division Dance
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There are many tools I can employ as a teacher to help my students master a math skill such as long division: puzzles, games, and problem-solving to name a few. But there is one, involving both movement and math, that is particularly popular with the kids—the division dance.

 
The Benevolent Dictatorship
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Believe it or not, most of the questions I get from parents as a Head of School have nothing to do with curriculum or schedules or assessments. Most are about parenting. And most parents want my input on how to raise happy, smart, and motivated kids (check out this really great article on how to do that). Now I am 42, and truth be told, I am finding my way through this whole parenting thing myself. I often joke with people that I run a school of 300 students and 298 of them listen to me, referencing my own lack of skill at handling my seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. At times I feel just as clueless as the next parent when it comes to raising my kids. The irony of course is that I have a ton of training and degrees in the latest and greatest ways to educate children.

 
Teachers are students, too!
Friday, February 5, 2016

Here’s a secret: teachers don’t just give out homework—sometimes they do it, too! In fact, we love learning just as much as we love teaching. That’s why we are hitting the road and heading off to the National K-6 Literacy Conference in Columbus, Ohio.  

 
3D Scavenger Hunt
Monday, January 25, 2016

In second grade, we are always on the hunt for places where math is presented in real life. Currently the children are learning about 3D shapes—cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids, prisms and more—and searched to find them in the objects around them.

 
Snow Days
Thursday, January 14, 2016

In first grade, outdoor play is an important part of our day. After a busy morning of academics, the children delight in going outside to our great playground. It might be using the equipment such as the fire truck, tire swing, climbing tower, spiral slide, monkey bars, climbing wall or rings. It could also be a rousing game of tag or having spirited races using a creative obstacle course.

 
Dayle Hodge '97 shares his work with seventh graders
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Our 7th grade students got a glimpse into the cancer-research lab of EFS graduate Dayle Hodge '97, a MD/PhD candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.

 
Making Sense of Math
Friday, December 18, 2015

Just like we hope our children have a deeper understanding of the holiday season beyond the treats and presents and parties, we work hard at Elmwood Franklin to instill a deeper understanding of the math our students are doing.

 
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