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June 9, 2010 / howardmestas

NEW YORK HISTORY MUSEUM

 
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FROM 30 ROCK

Without question New York City lives up to its reputation; boasting cultural, financial, and political dynamics unmatched by any other urban center on the planet.  And in the time between Henry Hudson and 911, some incredible transformations occurred changing an unspoiled wilderness to what we now know as the Big Apple.  It didn’t happen overnight and it couldn’t have happened without some incredible visionaries along the way.  Today’s activities at the Museum of the City of New York helped identify some of those leaders and the obstacles they had to overcome.  Enumerating this information was our dedicated instructor for the day E.Y. Zipris who was not only informative, but so passionate about her lessons that I became motivated to use her methods.  If I didn’t learn anything else today, I was reminded that your method of delivering information to students may be the most important variable.  In other words you can baffle your students with information, but the excitement level of your delivery is probably the most important thing.  E. Y. was a master of delivery, but she also brought loads of information with some innovative methods on how to teach it.  The best idea I learned for the day was to place an actual grid on the floor and use the students like virtual chess pieces to represent buildings and neighborhoods.  Who knew city planning could be so much fun!  Even though Lemo and Hutch looked like begrudging dance partners.  I also liked the idea of using small cardboard boxes that could be written on and accessorized to be used to represent buildings that could be moved around on the grid.  What a great method to teach about the history and development of any community.

NOT A TRAINING BRA, YOU ARE A STREET LIGHT

 

THIS GUY LOOKS FAMILIAR, MAYOR LINDSAY BACK FROM THE DEAD?

I MEAN SERIOUSLY, COULD IT BE HIM?

ITS HAS TO BE HIM! JUST LOOK AT THE POSTER OF HIS YOUTH! JUST LIKE ELVIS HE'S NOT DEAD!

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