New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

July 7, 2016

Politics 101: Stand up for schools

Consider the ways in which you might deepen your engagement with issues outside the classroom that matter to public school educators. All teachers, even brand-new ones, have a stake in political matters.

June 2, 2016

Why art and music are essential

Art and music are the things we make when we want to tell the world that we are people. And expressing our humanity through music and art is what makes everything else worth it.

May 5, 2016

Take care of your certification

With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.


April 7, 2016

Have art cart, will travel

Marilyn Casey is a 28-year-old woman who gets into her pajamas in the early evening and is sound asleep by 9:30. She is not to be pitied, however, because unlike most adults Casey goes to bed with a smile, thinking about the next day at work, where she will arrive, peppy and prepared, 45 minutes early.

March 3, 2016

Ways to shake off the winter doldrums

With exams around the corner and summer still months off, March can feel like a trying time for new teachers and students. Here are some ideas to help you bring joy into your classroom.

February 4, 2016

In the big picture, learning comes in many shades

He always came late. He sat in the back of the classroom. Alone, alert, quiet and reflective, he pulled out his pens and books. But his pens did not write our class notes. His books were not our books. Instead, he began to draw.

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.

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