The Space We Create

By: Amy Sroka
from Solomon Schechter School of Westchester

Learning Environment

Subject(s) of entry:
English/ Writing/ Language Arts, Math, Music, Philosophy/ Values/ Ethics/ Hashkafa, Physical Education/Health, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Studies

Blended Learning, Constructivist, Experiential Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Wholebrain Teaching, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
4, Elementary school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Elementary school

The presentation that follows is based on years of perseverance and experimentation as to what makes for a meaningful and happy learning space for children. “The Space We Create" shows how this is cultivated by using everyday materials to create innovative and flexible classroom spaces. With dedication and care, children will thrive.

Entry Narrative

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Entrant Bio(s)

Amy Sroka has been teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grades for the past fifteen years. She is currently in her seventh year at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. Amy loves to sing and move with her students and is a strong advocate of interest-based, hands-on experiential learning. She is a product of twelve years of an amazing Jewish Day School education in Brookline, Massachusetts (Maimonides). Amy continued her education to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Education and Near Eastern Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and holds a Masters in Literacy Education from Fordham University. Amy loves being a student and has attended teacher workshops every single summer (plus more during the year!) since she started teaching. Amy recently got married (which explains why you will sometimes see Kohen in the presentation) and now resides with her husband Sam in Stamford, Connecticut.