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Looking like a brainiac. I’m very fortunate that I live across the park from school so it only takes me 10 minutes to get there. I arrived at about 7:10 and the first thing I do is turn my computers on. We just got new Macs, so I have an old Dell on my desk as well as a new Mac and a scanner — I look like a brainiac sitting in front of my computers.
An early start. I got up about 5:30 a.m. and had a cup of coffee right away. On the first day, parents will come in with their children and have questions for the nurse, and sometimes they get there earlier than me. So I like to get in a little earlier than usual to see what’s going on.
Familiar faces. This year I’m a one-to-one paraprofessional in a general education classroom. I had worked with my student the year before so I was already familiar with him and was really looking forward to seeing him again. It was exciting thinking about the new school year and how he might grow this year. When we saw each other, he had a bright smile on his face — it felt really good.
In their own words, a paraprofessional, a school nurse and a school secretary recount the challenges and rewards of their opening day of school.
This summer, two middle school teachers set out on a project to develop their own curriculum about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago.
The hallways of Bayside HS in Queens are a big, churning mass of teenage energy. When 34 students file into María del Pilar García’s AP Spanish class, that energy doesn’t disappear. It’s harnessed.
Feature stories | September 4, 2014 >>
Using scavenged castoffs, lots of imagination and plenty of hard work, Brownsville Academy HS students, under the guidance of art teacher Susan Tuthill, transformed the school’s art gallery into a fully furnished, ready-to-occupy studio apartment by the school year’s end.
Feature stories | September 4, 2014 >>
Tottenville HS's solar car club is about more than fun and racing. The skills that students learn prepare them for careers in green technology.
The Safe and Caring program at PS 88 in Ridgewood is helping foster social and emotional development in the students.
Thanks to a dynamic physical education teacher and support from the nonprofit running organization New York Road Runners, the Mighty Milers of PS 164 have collectively run almost 36,000 miles since September.
In courtyards, in backyards and on rooftops, hundreds of school gardens are in bloom. Tens of thousands of city children are planting seeds and helping them grown into flowers and plants that please the eye, build good health and bring color to schoolyards and communities everywhere.
Learning in a 4th-grade class and an 8th-grade math class in two Bensonhurst schools has been transformed by 3D computers.
PS 30 in East Harlem does not have the shiny frills of Success Academy, which is co-located in its building, but it has strengthened its community with the help of the UFT community learning schools grant, new partners and programs like reading nights.
Members of the Science Olympiad team at JHS 194 in Whitestone, which took home a 2nd-place trophy in this year’s citywide competition, go in depth and research a topic all year.
In the third blog post by Patrick Nau, a teacher at PS 369 in the South Bronx about his experiences with the Institute for Understanding Behavior, Nau talks about applying the strategies he’s learned to help students who act out. “The goal is to help the student cope with his emotions and think about a better way to resolve the situation next time,” he writes.
Habeeb Hussaini — one of 11 guidance counselors at Hillcrest HS in Jamaica — uses magic tricks and myriad other strategies to connect with the nearly 200 at-risk students. “It’s all about building rapport and getting them to trust me,” he says.
After an accident he suffered seven years ago left him a quadriplegic, Matthew Valente, a graduate of Michael J. Petrides HS, might have settled for a restricted life in a wheelchair surrounded by sympathetic friends and family. Instead, with the help of his alma mater, he’s fighting back.
For proof that the influence of a great teacher can last a lifetime, look no further than Sandra Mittelman, who retired in 2012 after teaching English at Russell Sage JHS in Forest Hills for 21 years.
Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>
Schuylerville Preparatory HS, a brand-new, unscreened school in the Westchester Square area of the Bronx, offers its predominantly Hispanic students a classical education that the school’s educators hope will hone critical thinking and cultivate students who are able to develop facts into arguments and convey those arguments persuasively and clearly.