Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Monday, February 28, 2022
Earlier this month, primary school students gathered in the library to read “I Am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James, an empowering book that celebrates Black boys. Afterward, our students discussed the importance of self-love. This affirming experience was one of the many ways Harlem Academy celebrates diversity through literature – not just during Black History Month but all year long. Representation matters. That is why our students are exposed early and often to books...
Tags: lower school, middle school, English, reading, history
Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2021
Each week, seventh grader Sofia, an avid reader, can’t wait for Thursdays to arrive. That’s when she gets to talk with her mentor Betsy Michel, a Harlem Academy trustee, about the book they’re both reading. The latest is “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah.  The two have formed their own book club of sorts, with Ms. Michel mailing Sofia copies of their upcoming picks. “One of the best things about mentoring is sharing our book recommendations, reading together, and talking about the books,” says...
Tags: middle school, reading, trustees
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2020
Imaginative, colorful, and inspiring student projects that would normally line the walls of Harlem Academy continue to be reative and thoughtful as ever in our distance learning format. Whether crafting a traditional essay or building a campaign poster using graphic design software, our students are up to the task.   < Previous    |    ​All Blogs    |     Next >
Tags: lower school, middle school, English, reading
Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019
Last year, seventh grader Aryel Sealey read a whopping 48 books during the school year – more than any other student and surpassing the goal of Harlem Academy’s first 40 Book Challenge. “The challenge was a great motivator, and winning gave me a strong sense of accomplishment,” she says. Will Aryel keep her title this year?   Our second annual challenge is well under way, encouraging middle schoolers to read 40 books independently by the end of the school year. “At first, students think there...
Tags: middle school, reading, English
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Ms. Viele leading a daily reading discussion. Students hold up one finger up to add to a peer’s statement and two fingers to change the subject.
Ms. Viele leading a daily reading discussion. Students hold up one finger up to add to a peer’s statement and two fingers to change the subject. How do you teach third graders to think across texts or to use literature to engage each other in the classroom? Harlem Academy’s third grade teacher Alexis Viele uses a method called shared inquiry to hone these skills and habits. During 30 minute reading discussions each morning, students sit together in small groups. They practice discussion...
Tags: reading, lower school, innovative best practices