New teacher diaries

May 10, 2007

Reaching Jigme

I had been told that I would be given “an easy class” for my first year to ease my transition into teaching. A child brand new to the school, country and language — this didn’t fit my definition of easy.

April 26, 2007

Learning through trips

Some of my high school students have never left Brooklyn. This scares me. Does this mean they never will?

April 12, 2007

Seeing the big picture

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, the 14 girls in a new teacher's 9th-grade advisory spent the month looking at their lives though different lenses — camera lenses, to be specific.

March 15, 2007

A list of tips and tricks

A new teacher who wished someone would have informed her about what not to do and what to do when she started her job compiled some helpful hints.

March 4, 2007

Taking part in Lobby Day made union come to life

On Tuesday, March 13, I attended my first UFT Lobby Day in Albany. It was more than an educational experience.

March 1, 2007

Learning from parents

During my year and a half of teaching ESL in a Brooklyn middle school, I’ve learned a great deal from the parents of my students.

February 15, 2007

Treating kids fairly — but not the same

A new teacher has come to realize that in order to get the results that she desires from her students, she not only need to be aware of their different learning modalities, but she also need to be familiar with their personal needs.

February 1, 2007

Show me the colors

Teaching in an environment with court-involved youth requires tremendous discretion.

January 18, 2007

Taking things personally

When students are bored or they think an assignment is “dumb” or they just refuse to do any work, sometimes it’s hard not to feel personally insulted.

December 7, 2006

Home life often complicates school success

I’m pretty far into my second year of teaching, and I am so overwhelmed.

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