New teacher diaries

November 16, 2006

Diary of a roller coaster ride

The best analogy that I’ve heard so far about what we do for a living is this: Teaching is like a roller coaster.

October 19, 2006

It feels good to do good

When I began teaching 8th-grade math in a Manhattan middle school in September, my principal proposed that I bring a part of my former world into my new one.

October 5, 2006

Less isn’t more

Less money, fewer teachers but not fewer students! This is an equation sure to produce bad results.

September 21, 2006

The ups and downs of job hunting

I had a lot of difficulty in my first-year teaching position at a Bronx middle school last year so last spring I dove into the open-market transfer system to find a position at a high school for this year. I felt that a high school would be a better fit for me.

September 7, 2006

What a difference a year makes

Here's an excerpted entry from the UFT blog,, with the views of a new teacher.

October 6, 2005

No punches pulled

Week two, day two: two changes. Today my program changed. Today my outlook and feelings on my ability to teach changed.

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