tag: I.S. 218

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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A Movement Journey: scaffolding EASE activities so students experience fun, learning, and success

Written by Nancy Volante I was working in a class in Manhattan with primarily non-verbal students, alongside the classroom teacher and paraprofessionals. We prepared our EASE lesson around exploration and movement using the “Scarf Activity” from the EASE curriculum. The teacher and I started the class at the table with small scarves so that the students could experience ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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EASE Presents at Ramapo for Children’s 2014 Youth Worker Leadership Conference

In bite-sized bits of learning-- taught through the EASE methodology, large groups of teenagers came through conference rooms at Pace University to experience and learn how to work with young people with special needs and challenges. During our EASE sessions, we sat, stood, danced, tapped, and clapped in a circle and played a good game of ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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EASE Creates Success for Teachers and Students

“I can’t believe he’s doing it!” This is what a teacher in Level I of the EASE program said to me, as she watched one of her students, a nine-year old with autism, improvise perfectly on the beat with resonator bells, while his classmates pounded out the rhythm with toned tubes and rhythm sticks.  Her eyes ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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Kinesthetic Skill and Emotional Resilience: some observations from the classroom

"What does learning look like?" is a question that always comes up in our EASE program because each student with special needs has a unique learning style, and as a result, signs of success can differ widely within a single classroom. This past term, I observed and worked with a student named Demetrius who did not ... Continue reading ›

Lauren Jobson-Ahmed

Lauren Jobson-Ahmed

Everyday Arts for Special Education Program Coordinator

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NYU’s Special Guest: EASE!

Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) is a professional development program designed to improve student achievement in the areas of communication, socialization, academic learning, and arts proficiency through arts-based approaches. Last week, EASE was invited by fellow UAP colleague, James Miles, to visit his undergraduate students pursuing academic study in early childhood special education at NYU. As ... Continue reading ›

Katrena Perou

Katrena Perou

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I.S. 218 Dance Club – Afro-Caribbean Dance

The 21st Century Holiday 2013 show at IS 218 began with a Afro-Caribbean/Calypso dance to the rhythm of "Soca Zouk for Santa" by Lucian Parrot. Many other programs presented in the interim and the dance group closed the show the West African dance, Kou Kou, choreographed to the Soca song "Jump" by Rupee. The dance class ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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“I wish I were a science teacher….”

One day at an EASE residency in Brooklyn, as a teacher and I were watching her students concentrate intently on mixing their paint in trays – exploring viscosity, textures, shapes, figure/ground, colors  - she turned to me and said, “I wish I were a science teacher.” I turned to her and said, “You are a science ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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When is a Paintbrush more than just a Paintbrush?

In the Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) program, Teaching Artists coach classroom teachers in District 75 in our innovative arts curriculum. As an Assistant Teaching Artist in EASE Level I classrooms at Public School 176x@153x in the Bronx this fall and winter, I have had the opportunity to share these valuable activities and techniques with ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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Using iPad Cameras in the Classroom

I have had the great benefit of coaching EASE (Everyday Arts in Special Education) for 3 ½ years in NYC schools throughout the 5 boroughs. This program is unique because it does not carry the typical dynamic where the teaching artist is leading a class while the classroom teacher only assists or observes. Instead, not only is ... Continue reading ›

Jiji Kikhia

Jiji Kikhia

Everyday Arts for Special Education Educator

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Inspiring Teachers While Respecting Their Classrooms

Christopher McKeon, a special education teacher from Staten Island, untwists a nest of pink, blue, and orange Christmas lights that hang from his arm. He is hanging them up in his small classroom at MS 53K@88 in Brooklyn. Christopher is inspired to change the lighting of his room for his EASE period. “Our classroom is extremely ... Continue reading ›