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Betsy Bennati

Betsy is a Lower School teacher at Montgomery School.

Recent Posts

A Letter to the Inquisitive Parent: Improving Communication at Home

Posted by Betsy Bennati on Sep 7, 2016 4:02:01 PM

Dear Inquisitive Parent,

I am writing this letter to assure you that your child does learn "something" in school each day; they may even learn more than one thing!  "Why is she writing this," you ask? Well, as a parent and an educator, I know I, and likely many of you, have made the mistake of asking a child what he did in school on a given day.  Yes, I called it a mistake. While teachers often employ the use of open-ended questions in the classroom in order to elicit varied and creative responses, asking a student what they learned in school leads some parents to receive the habitual, vague, substance-lacking response, "Nothing."  After all, a routine question likely receives a routine response, just as a thoughtful question likely receives a thoughtful response. You are interested in your child's education and school day, but how are you supposed to have a conversation when you're not even sure she can remember anything they studied?  You trick her into telling you, that's how!

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Topics: students, learning, School, communication

Creating Synergy: Math & Art

Posted by Betsy Bennati on Jun 3, 2016 10:03:34 AM


In my fifth grade math class, students learned about fractions as they created works of art. When I first introduced the unit on fractions, I noticed my students were struggling with the concept. In an effort to combat the initial nerves of learning something new and complex, I asked students to use a ruler. I discovered that the students first had to learn to properly use the ruler itself, to understand about increments of an inch. Then, they began drawing straight lines on an x/y axis. The final result was a beautiful piece of art made one straight line at a time! Here’s how it worked:

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Topics: Education, learning, math, art