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As educators, teachers know best what supplies they need for their classrooms. That’s why the UFT has mounted a campaign to restore the funding in the city budget. The teachers featured on this page were among the hundreds who shared their stories of why Teacher's Choice matters.
Jon-Anthony Rivera, a senior at Harry S. Truman HS in the Bronx, signed up to take photography for the same reason many of his friends did.
A master teacher and two model teachers at PS 811, the largest District 75 high school in the city, have created a collaborative, open-door support system to improve practice among their colleagues.
Music teacher Adam Goldberg has created a technology band at PS 177, a District 75 school in Fresh Meadows, where some students play traditional instruments and others play the iPad. Playing music on the iPad provides a unique form of self-expression for special needs students.
This school year, with the new time set aside in the UFT-DOE contract for parent engagement, educators at PS 17 in Astoria have been able to take their efforts to the next level.
The experience of Aedan, a kindergarten student with Down syndrome at PS 3 in the West Village, serves as a model of what is possible for some students with disabilities — if the stars are aligned.
Having students learn to swim is a foundation of Samarra Community School, a Spanish/English dual language school that opened in September.
Romia Reid, a chemistry teacher at Middle College HS in Long Island City, is a master teacher, one of the new teacher leadership positions created in the 2014 contract, but she says all her teaching ideas come from the other teachers in the school.
Maribeth Whitehouse, who teaches at IS 190 in the Bronx, draws connections for her students between the Triangle fire and the Happly Land Social Club fire 79 years later. It is just one of the many ways that public school teachers have found to teach the Triangle fire to their students.
When time for PD was extended to the rest of the staff as a result of the contract, the staff at PS/IS 121 seized the opportunity to extend their professional learning community dedicated to studying anchor texts.
Teacher Maria Yang came from China to the East-West School for International Studies for one year thanks to a federal government program. She helped the secondary school develop an AP Chinese course and provide students with a deeper cultural understanding of China – and she learned teaching techniques that she will bring back to China.
One 5th-grader stopped some boys from another class from teasing his friend. “I know what to do to be a good friend and person,” he explained.
Thanks to a partnership of First Book and the UFT, each kindergarten through 3rd-grade teacher at Washington Heights Academy received 25 books for each of their classroom libraries. And every single student in those grades will receive six books to keep.
As a math teacher at International Community HS in the South Bronx, Aristides Julmarx Galdones Uy hears a frequent question from skeptical students: “When am I going to use this in the real world?”
Through a combination of research-based programs and targeted intervention strategies, PS 112, a K–2 school in East Harlem, has developed a well-rounded reading curriculum.
Forget what you think you know about math: At the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, it’s not something you work on with pencil and paper.
Theater teacher Lynn Manuell’s theater program for students with autism was narrowly saved from elimination last year when the growth of a Success Academy charter school, with which P 811 is co-located, threatened to jettison her classroom space. Manuell fought to preserve what she saw as a class that provides crucial support for students with special needs.
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“The IUB has helped all of us get to know the children at a more human level,” says Christine Chavez, the principal of PS 45 on Staten Island. “We’re establishing routines and procedures to look at the child in an academic and a social way.” That level of commitment and focus has made PS 45 a model of what can be achieved by participating in the Institute for Understanding Behavior program.
Feature stories | January 8, 2015 >>
Writing weakness is common in middle school, but what the School of Integrated Learning is doing about it is not. With the support of PROSE, math and ELA teachers combine forces, share classrooms and co-develop curriculum to help their students become better writers.