On Thursday, July 27, Yalow Charter held its first Hip-Hop Chess Day for the 80 students in our chess team summer camp. Chess and hip-hop have a long tradition in the Bronx and Harlem, and three hip-hop performers—Loaded Lux, Barry Bee, and G-Epic—all competitive chess players, wanted to show our Yalow Tigers that chess is every man’s game, teaching our students the reasoning skills and mental discipline to lead successful lives. Jerald Times, Yalow’s chess director, is the inspiration behind Hip-Hop Chess Day.
Yalow teachers hone their math teaching skills with Japanese Lesson Study—research lessons in which teachers collaborate with and critique one another to improve their teaching of Singapore math. At Rosalyn Yalow students are taught Singapore math, which balances computational fluency with conceptual understanding—numeracy—so children can master numeric concepts.