Nicki conceptualized Stylish Schooling after a fellow teacher encouraged her to publish the work she had created in her classroom. Nicole's inner teenager has always enabled her to relate to her students' needs and to understand the hardships they face when learning science. She now develops and writes the books for Stylish Schooling and continues to grow the company with her creativity. Nicki received a B.S. in Teaching Biology 7-12 and M.A. in Science Education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education in 2006 and 2010. Her career in education began in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at The Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers. A year later, she relocated to Manhattan and worked at Vanguard High School, where she continues to teach Living Environment to tenth graders and a Biopsychology course that she developed specifically for eleventh and twelfth graders. During her summers, Nicki teaches Introductory Chemistry and Introductory Forensics at Columbia Universityâ€™s six week, Upward Bound program to first generation college bound students. She also tutors middle school and high school students in Manhattan
Narratives Everyone loves a good story. That's why narratives are so essential to our curricula design. A great narrative consists of characters we can identify with, a sequence of events we can follow, and a problem that as potential to reach a resolution. In science, narratives can help students conceptualize abstract ideas. As a result, students are able to retain information for greater periods of time and better understand the concepts they are learning in class. Role-Play Role-play can be an invaluable tool for teaching science concepts. What purpose does knowledge serve if it isnâ€™t being applied? Although role-play comes in a variety of forms, ranging from gaming to free-play, Stylish Schooling books tap into the simulated experience. All of our curricula are designed so that students enact what is going on in the book, allowing students to take on the identity of a working professional and to complete an array of hands-on activities. In doing so, students are not only exposed to potential science careers, but they hone communication, collaboration, and leadership skills as well. Pop Culture Pop culture, undoubtedly, infiltrates the lives of youth today. On average students spend a total of seven hours a day (yes, you heard us correctly!) in front of electronic devices, be it computer monitors, phones, television screens, or headphones. Clearly, our students enjoy, and relate to, these varying modalities, so we have incorporated those preferences into our pedagogical framework. â€œCulturally relevant pedagogy recognizes the connection between culture and learning, and sees studentsâ€™ cultural capital as an asset and not a detriment to their school successâ€ (Ladson-Billings 1995). Stylish Schooling is dedicated to the development of curricula that drives student interest through cultural relevancy. Therefore, we have made it our goal to include, in every book, multiple pop culture references that will motivate and engage your students.
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New York University, BS Teaching and Learning Science 7-12 (2006) New York University, MA Science Education (2010)
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