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New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher
New teacher profiles | March 6, 2014 >>
What’s a new teacher to do when an existing curriculum doesn’t tell the whole story? Fayette Colon, an ambitious social studies teacher at Harvest Collegiate HS in Manhattan, had a solution: She created her own.
New teacher diaries | February 20, 2014 >>
The education reform movement has an obsessive adherence to rigidly structured lesson plans, bewildering algorithms to quantify teacher effectiveness and the relentless collection and analysis of student data. But in my second year of teaching, I’ve come to realize that a true education is messy — gloriously messy, like a Kandinsky painting.
New teacher articles | February 6, 2014 >>
With the school year at its halfway point, now can be a good time to take stock of your classroom and do a little pre-spring cleaning. Here are some of the best tips from seasoned teachers about keeping your classroom organized.
New teacher diaries | January 16, 2014 >>
By the end of September, the students in my all-girls 9th-grade advisory class at my high school in Brooklyn knew many things about me. What they didn’t know was that I am married to a woman.
New teacher articles | December 19, 2013 >>
Being granted tenure is an important milestone for new teachers.
New teacher profiles | November 14, 2013 >>
Michael Cestaro's advocacy as a chapter leader at Rockway Park HS for Environmental Sustainability took on greater meaning after Hurricane Sandy devastated his school building and the homes of his students and colleagues.
New teacher articles | October 17, 2013 >>
Although designating your financial beneficiaries isn’t as exciting as designating your next big unit of study, enrolling in the Teachers’ Retirement System is an important part of launching your teaching career.
New teacher diaries | September 26, 2013 >>
I had planned every minute of my first day back at school in September, but I hadn't factored in collaboration.
New teacher articles | September 5, 2013 >>
As a new teacher, you know how important it is to develop strong relationships with your students, colleagues and administrators. Here are some tips to help you lay the foundation for good communication with your students’ families.
New teacher diaries | June 27, 2013 >>
Every June — for the fourth year now and counting — I can’t help but feel like I’ve run some sort of marathon.
New teacher articles | June 13, 2013 >>
Are you working toward your professional state certification? Then remember that you’ll have to show three years of teaching experience, including one year of mentoring, to qualify.
New teacher articles | June 13, 2013 >>
UFT members flocked to UFT headquarters on June 6 to register for courses offered in the Summer 2013 catalog.
New teacher profiles | May 30, 2013 >>
Making up a "noun song" was a highlight for this new special education teacher in Harlem because it opened up the world of creating mnemonic devices. She finds they are boons for children who don’t always respond to the written word.
New teacher articles | May 16, 2013 >>
It’s time for newer teachers to take care of some important state certification business. It’s especially urgent that you meet any upcoming deadlines if you are at risk of termination or if your current certificate is near its expiration date.
New teacher diaries | May 2, 2013 >>
This will be the fourth year that my students and I have suffered through the New York State high-stakes elementary school tests. Although the mayor and the chancellor tell us this year’s tests are all new, my stories from the classroom are similar to years past.
New teacher articles | April 11, 2013 >>
If you’re a probationary teacher who plans to achieve tenure, it’s time to become familiar with the Department of Education’s Tenure Decision-making Framework.
New teacher profiles | March 21, 2013 >>
A big challenge for this English language arts enrichment cluster teacher of grades 6-8 at PS 36 in East New York is “to understand what’s in my control and what’s out of my control,” he said. “You have a rough day and can’t take it personally, but at the same time it’s my nature to reflect on why something didn’t go as anticipated and on how to make it better next time.”
New teacher articles | February 28, 2013 >>
Whether you’re a teaching rookie or have a few years of classroom experience under your belt, now is the time to lay a solid foundation for a secure retirement.
New teacher diaries | February 14, 2013 >>
Everyone’s talking about the breakdown in the teacher evaluation talks between the mayor and the union as if it were the only chance to fix public education in New York City. Do we need an evaluation system? Absolutely. Is it a cure-all for our educational ills? Absolutely not.