New teacher articles

December 7, 2017

You’ve made it to December! Now what?

Now that the newness of the school year has worn off, you may find yourself hunting for fresh strategies for motivating students to try out as the winter looms.

October 5, 2017

The UFT is here to provide wide-ranging support

The UFT is here to protect the rights of new teachers and support them in their new careers. Whether you have a specific issue you need help resolving or you’re seeking broader support, the UFT is here to help.

June 1, 2017

Stay organized, reflect and celebrate

With summer inching closer, here are some tips to get your classroom together, review the work you’ve done this year and commemorate a job well done.


April 6, 2017

Taking steps to prepare for your tenure decision

There are many steps that new teachers can take to prepare for their tenure decision.

February 2, 2017

Some advice for handling challenging situations

As a new teacher, you are bound to encounter situations with students that are challenging to navigate. If you find yourself in one of the following situations, here is some guidance for making a plan of action.

December 1, 2016

Tips for navigating teaching partnerships

Whether you work side by side with a co-teacher, cooperate with push-in support staff or join forces with colleagues on inquiry or grade teams, here are some tips for navigating your teaching partnerships.

October 6, 2016

Tips for building the parent-teacher connection

Now that September is over, you may find yourself taking a deep breath as you prepare to dive into the rest of the school year. With parent-teacher conferences approaching in late October and early November, take some time this month to think about the ways you’ll keep your students’ families informed and engaged throughout the year.

July 7, 2016

Politics 101: Stand up for schools

Consider the ways in which you might deepen your engagement with issues outside the classroom that matter to public school educators. All teachers, even brand-new ones, have a stake in political matters.

May 5, 2016

Take care of your certification

With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.


March 3, 2016

Ways to shake off the winter doldrums

With exams around the corner and summer still months off, March can feel like a trying time for new teachers and students. Here are some ideas to help you bring joy into your classroom.

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