Martha Andrews, Fifth Grade Social Studies
Bronx New School, Bronx, NY
This website was developed by the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, and can be accessed at the following URL:
(this link was valid on 8/25/06)
This website documents the evolution of a 14 week project on Colonial New York in Martha Andrews' 5th grade classroom at the Bronx New School. This project builds on the New York Standards for social studies and focuses particularly on helping students:
- appreciate that different people have different and valid perspectives on a given situation because of their background and life experiences.
- understand that there are a variety of ways to influence the opinions of others.
The website presents Andrew's initial plan for the project, shows how the project unfolds, and documents three days towards the end of the project. The site includes excerpts from interviews and reflections with Andrews and Beverly Falk, a teacher educator who observed several days of the project. Falk is currently a Professor at City College and is formerly the director of the Bronx New School as well as one of its founders.