Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Kia Turner with student
For Kia Turner, who teaches middle school English, teaching is about more than educating the mind. It’s also about nurturing the soul.     Why is Harlem Academy the right place for you? What I love most about Harlem Academy are the kids. My students push me to be a better teacher and person every day that I step into our classroom.  Small class sizes – which are hard to find in today’s education landscape – mean my students and I can grow deep relationships. It also allows them to...
Tags: English, middle school, staff, writing
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016
Taneyah and Misa perform in the 2016 ShakeSmack
Taneyah and Misa perform at the 2016 ShakeSmack. For the fourth year in a row, Harlem Academy’s Shakespeare troupe was recognized for their outstanding work, this year earning both first and second place honors at the Classic Stage Company’s annual Shakespeare competition. Dubbed the “Shakespeare Smackdown,” the competition featured twenty-five middle and high school teams from across New York City, each performing short scenes from Othello. Their success is no accident – Harlem Academy...
Tags: Shakespeare, English, electives, middle school
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016
lower school student reading
Leveraging curiosity to build nonfiction reading skills and set a foundation for critical thinking Each day, lower school teachers and students spend an hour focused on locating information, summarizing important facts, isolating the main idea, and using text-based evidence to support a conclusion.  Harlem Academy fourth-grader Benjamin loves science fiction. When he discovered in his nonfiction unit that his favorite books are based on real science, he started reading more science books.  “...
Tags: lower school, English
Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015
Harlem Academy students at the Shake Smack
Last week, three groups from Harlem Academy performed of scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the 2015 Shakespeare Smackdown (ShakeSmack) hosted by the Classic Stage Company out of Greenwich Village. Most of the teams were from high schools, but Harlem Academy teams of sixth through eighth grade students took both first and second place. In preparation for ShakeSmack and as part of our electives offerings, our 12 students worked hard over the past 4 weeks rehearsing their...
Tags: middle school, Shakespeare, English
Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015
Tags: middle school, video, poetry, English
Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015
poetry class
Teacher Whitney Wood developed the poetry program in partnershipwith the Poetry Society. Above, Ms. Wood (r) and Charif Shanahan (c) of PSA observe as poet Ama Codjoe (l) works with grade-eight students. This special evening is the culmination of a trimester-long collaboration between Harlem Academy and the Poetry Society of America. The innovative workshop model brings professional poets to Harlem Academy’s middle school classrooms to lead college-style seminars. Over the course of six weeks...
Tags: poetry, English
Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Middle school students display both creepiness and joy as the Three Witches in “Macbeth.” Photo courtesy of the Classic Stage Company.
A performance-based unit draws middle school students into the works of William Shakespeare. Middle school students display both creepiness and joy as the Three Witches in “Macbeth.” Photo courtesy of the Classic Stage Company. “What’s Hermia thinking here?” Whitney Wood, middle school English teacher, asks the the sixth graders seated around her. They pause their line-reading of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." “Hermia doesn’t want to marry Demetrius,” says one. Another adds, “...
Tags: Shakespeare, English