New teacher diaries

September 25, 2008

First cry of the year

On Friday, a handful of my 5th-grade students acted out, talked, wouldn’t listen and were horribly disrespectful. It was sad and disappointing.

September 20, 2008

Hunting for school supplies

I don’t know if this is true of all teachers, but — I love shopping for school supplies. I always have, since the days when I was in elementary school and managed to convince my mother every year that I needed a newer, sharper, more colorful box of Crayola crayons.

June 5, 2008

A shoebox of success stories

The final question on my second-year New York City Teaching Fellows survey had lingered around the corners of my consciousness for the entire week: “What has been your biggest success over the past two years?”

May 22, 2008

What I’ll take with me

When evaluating her first year in teaching, an educator wonders if her kids are better off because she was their teacher.

May 8, 2008

The question on everyone’s lips

A new teacher reflects on the question that many first-year educators are asking themselves as the school year winds down.

April 24, 2008

A raisin in the sun

It was the most blissful kind of brief silence I have ever experienced in a classroom.

April 10, 2008

Uncle Sam wants my student

Stephanie isn’t usually very academic, but today she taught me about yet another standardized test.

March 27, 2008

Learning from fairy tales

A teacher uses fairy tales to teach her students about their right to revise.

March 13, 2008

What teaching is really about

It’s no secret that there’s a major problem with teacher retention in this country.

February 28, 2008

Happy 100th day!

I came into school on Monday loaded down with heaps of materials to aid our celebration of the 100th day of school — a crucial day in kindergarten.

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