New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

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.

February 5, 2015

Speech teacher a ‘lifelong learner’

Abigail Wray, a speech teacher at PS 230 in Kensington, Brooklyn, relishes the unique challenge of working with 30 students across grades 2–5.

January 8, 2015

Taking care of your certification

With the school year half over, now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.


December 4, 2014

Wait for the joy

Every new teacher will go through myriad emotions as they set out on their journeys. But it is joy that new teachers should wait for with bated breath.

November 6, 2014

Tap into support and expertise at your school

Whether you’re a new teacher or just new to your building this year, developing a good working relationship with your colleagues will go a long way toward helping you have a successful year.

October 2, 2014

Varied experiences made teaching a natural choice

What happens when a baseball coach, a sailor and an electrician walk into a classroom? Just ask Brad Alter, a 6th-grade special education teacher at Spring Creek Community School in East New York.

September 4, 2014

Set the tone for a successful year

The first few weeks of the school year offer a valuable opportunity to launch new strategies for classroom management. Here are some tips from veteran educators about how to set the tone for a successful year.

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