Bank Street Developmental Interaction Approach
The Bank Street method focuses on a child-centered education. Bank Street trained teachers aim to foster children's development by offering diverse opportunities for physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth. The Bank Street curriculum model is based on the belief that children are active learners, explorers, experimenters, and artists. The approach aims for actively involving children in acquiring competence,
The curriculum is based on the ideas that if children can learn about and study the human world, they can make sense of what they encounter. Choice, active investigation, independent pursuit and learning through discovery are dominant components of the Bank Street curriculum method.
In the classroom children usually play with toys and materials that leave a lot to their imagination — blocks, water, art materials, clay, puzzles, and so on. They can choose what they want to play with and can work by themselves and in groups. The curriculum model takes into account that children learn at different rates in different ways. They believe learning should encompass several subjects at once and occur in collaborative groups.
The curriculum is flexible within a planned framework encompassing developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills. Classroom teachers use every opportunity to promote cognitive development by creating a climate that encourages questioning, exploration, and a child's growing understanding of patterns, rhythms and relationships in their ideas and the environment around them.
Unlike Montessori and High/Scope, the Bank Street program is a less structured one, leaving a lot of discretion to classroom teachers and children to decide what to work on and when.