New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

January 7, 2016

Preparing for tenure decisions

Being granted tenure is an important milestone for new teachers. There are many steps you can take to prepare for your tenure decision.

December 3, 2015

Inspired, and now inspiring

In her time as a paraprofessional, Carolyn Bonaparte-Jones has assisted many fine special education teachers, but no one came close to Laila Elhanafy. “From the first day of school, everyone loved Laila," she said.

November 5, 2015

Tips for reaching all learners

As a new teacher, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the wide range of abilities and learning styles you face in your classroom. Because you know that one size doesn’t fit all, you will want to differentiate your instruction to address all your learners. But how?

October 1, 2015

Taking the fear out of something new

At the beginning of the summer, I was in high spirits. I had just finished my first year of teaching and was told that I would be teaching all 7th-grade science classes for the upcoming year. Aside from the fact that I adore 7th-graders (awkwardness and all), I was also looking forward to having just one curriculum to prepare and teach.

September 10, 2015

Getting to know you — and them

The first six weeks of school are a crucial period for establishing routines and building relationships that become the building blocks for a successful school year.


July 10, 2015

Reflecting on this year — and planning for next year

The beginning of summer is a natural time to reflect on your practice as a teacher and look ahead to the new school year.

June 4, 2015

Sneakers provide foot in door for Chelsea teacher

Tyler Spielberg, a wellness teacher and basketball coach at Quest to Learn, a new middle and high school in Chelsea, uses his fashion sense and common sense to teach and reach that prickly population known as middle schoolers.

May 7, 2015

Although end of year looms, there’s still plenty to do

Between report cards, summer projects and cumulative records, there’s a lot to keep in mind in the final months of the school year. 


April 2, 2015

How a short story inspired my teaching

Teaching Ethan Canin's "The Palace Thief" has renewed my faith in English literature being an avenue to develop emotional maturity in my students.

March 5, 2015

A common-sense approach to homework

For newer teachers, assigning and reviewing homework is yet one more thing to juggle. But developing a reasonable homework policy will help you keep the ball in the air.

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