New teacher diaries

October 15, 2009

The importance of mentors

Something that got me through the first year was the ability to rely on veteran teachers to advise me on how to fix the problems I was experiencing.

October 1, 2009

Places to go, experiences to share

Seeing how interested and curious my students became after I shared photos and stories from my trip to Cuba a year ago, I'm really looking forward to sharing my experiences from this summer, which took me from New England to Israel, Egypt and Mexico.

September 17, 2009

The jitters

This year will be a grand new adventure, and there’s even a possibility I might like being a classroom teacher, and this experience will be good for me even if I don’t like it. But right now, I feel like every student in New York: I don’t want to go!

June 29, 2009

Year-end reflections

At the end of each school year, I take time to reflect on the year and evaluate which components were successful, and which aspects may need to be tweaked.

June 4, 2009

The house that reading built

I’m pleased to report that I moved my Polish-speaking Lukas from level D to E. He happily rushed off to “move his person” from the D envelope to the E envelope, and then he went to the classroom library to do what we call “shopping for books.”

May 21, 2009

Second chances

Recently I started reading Jonathan Kozol’s “Letters to a Young Teacher.” I’d tried to read it last year, but found it hit a little too close to home, especially when he was fawning over the first-year teacher and I was presiding over total chaos.

May 7, 2009

Union support keeps me balanced

For the first nine years of my teaching career, I taught in the South in an area where there are no teachers’ unions. In fact, I was told upon being hired to not even mention the word.

April 23, 2009

Standing strong: A new teacher’s first rally

Being a part of a 70,000-person-strong rally gave a new teacher a sense of democratic participation that he had really never felt before.

April 2, 2009

Giant steps

They took the HealthCorps challenge and counted their steps.....until the competition got way out of hand.

March 19, 2009

Snow day!

One of those funny little role reversals about becoming a teacher is that you realize that teachers fantasize about snow days as much as students do, and we feel the bitter sting of disappointment when we face the truism that New York City public schools never close because of snow.

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