New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

July 4, 2019

Keys to a relaxing but productive summer break

Welcome to summer! Here are some suggestions for making the most out of a relaxing and productive break from school.

June 6, 2019

Giving voice to the smallest complaints

I am a high school English teacher that has it pretty good. What follows is my attempt to give voice to the smallest, most insignificant complaints imaginable from my first year.

May 2, 2019

Is your teaching certificate about to expire?

With summer just around the corner, it’s crucial to meet upcoming deadlines for certification if your current teaching certificate is near its expiration date. 


April 4, 2019

She sees herself in her students

Maritza Vasquez, a teacher at the Academy for Language and Technology in the Bronx, sees a lot of herself in her 9th-grade immigrant students. She said she’s able to relate “to everything they are feeling” because at one time she felt the same way. “I tell them I was a newcomer myself.”

March 7, 2019

Planning field trips

No matter what grade or subject you teach, there’s a trip destination for you. Here are some tips to help you plan your next field trip.

February 7, 2019

It’s not your auntie’s classroom

I asked my aunt, a former teacher, for her sage advice before I started teaching. Her 40-plus years in education had taught her myriad lessons, many of which she passed on to me. But I still had a lot to learn.

January 3, 2019

Roadmap for traveling the path to tenure

Gaining tenure is an important milestone for new teachers. There are many steps you can take to prepare for your tenure decision.

December 6, 2018

In his class, learning equals fun and games

A five-year veteran of Major League Lacrosse, Kieran McArdle is a first-year K–5 physical education teacher at PS 48 in upper Manhattan and the embodiment of what the city’s Department of Education hopes to achieve with PE Works.

November 1, 2018

Mentors motivate, advise and support

As a new teacher, your colleagues are valuable sources of support as you navigate lesson planning, classroom management and other responsibilities.

October 4, 2018

Teaching is a calling— and I was called to teach

I couldn’t sleep the night before school. As a third-year teacher and a career changer, I sometimes still can’t believe I’m a special education teacher at the same public high school my daughter once attended.

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