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New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher
New teacher articles | September 27, 2012 >>
Sept. 12 was the second and final day to register in person for fall courses offered by the union. Teachers from all over the city came to UFT headquarters that afternoon to get guidance on what courses to register for from experts from the Teacher Center and the union’s Department of Licensing and Certification.
New teacher diaries | September 27, 2012 >>
“You don’t understand, Miss. I’m peeeeeiiiing,” Samantha says on the third day of school. Her request reminds me of Nora, a student from last year. Both Samantha and Nora chose to loudly request to go to the bathroom as they entered the classroom just the day after I explained to my high school students the process for silently asking to go only after the first 10 minutes of class had passed.
New teacher diaries | June 28, 2012 >>
Nearly 10 months ago, I embarked on my fourth year of teaching. I found myself working longer, harder and smarter than I have at any point in my career. These are some of my most valuable takeaways heading into the summer.
New teacher articles | June 14, 2012 >>
Suppose you’re ready to apply for your professional or permanent state certificate. Would you be able to put your hands on the documents you will need to prove that you have completed your required courses and credits and fulfilled all state mandates? You would if you’ve developed a system for maintaining professional files at home.
New teacher profiles | May 24, 2012 >>
When Ruiying Liu, who was born in southern China, needs to speak to a student or parent in Cantonese or Mandarin, no one bats an eye. But when she talks away to an Hispanic student or parent in perfect Spanish, jaws drop. “They are always so surprised and ask where I learned to speak Spanish so fluently,” said Liu, in her second year at IS 220 in Brooklyn.
New teacher articles | May 10, 2012 >>
Newer teachers need to take care of some important state certification business immediately. 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 | April 19, 2012 >>
As my 3rd-graders prepare to take the state tests, I imagine they’re thinking something like this: I used to love school. I used to skip there every morning after breakfast. I used to run as fast as I could to get to my classroom (except when an adult was in the hall — then I walked as fast as I could).
New teacher articles | April 5, 2012 >>
With warm weather around the corner, students may become restless. Teachers trying to complete a demanding course of study by June will be doubly challenged if students misbehave. That’s why at this time of year teachers often find themselves brushing off those classroom management strategies they used when the school year began.
New teacher profiles | March 22, 2012 >>
“The really fun thing about teaching is when your students come to you excited about something and want to discuss it without your having to bring it up,” said Tom Wilkens, in his first year as a full-time teacher. It helps when the subject matter is nothing less dramatic than earthquakes and tsunamis, which fascinate his students.
New teacher articles | March 8, 2012 >>
You may not realize it, but as a candidate for a professional teaching certificate you will need to provide proof of three years of teaching experience. This information isn’t automatically reported to the New York State Education Department by your school. You’ll have to gather your proof and submit it.
New teacher diaries | February 23, 2012 >>
My teaching career is not yet “very long,” but I have honed some particular skills during my years in the classroom. Spotting plagiarism is one of them. I assigned my high school Spanish students the following project: Choose one holiday from a list of celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries and write a three-page research paper, including a picture.
New teacher articles | February 2, 2012 >>
Do you know what state certificate you hold? Your requirements under that certificate? Your deadlines for completing requirements? What city license you’re appointed under? The UFT gets many questions from newer teachers looking for clear and reliable answers about certification, licensing and appointment.
New teacher profiles | January 19, 2012 >>
Having worked his way up from pot washer to executive chef, Christopher Burgos knows his way around a kitchen. Now he’s getting a feel for the classroom.
New teacher articles | December 22, 2011 >>
Recommended by Margrit Pittman-Polletta, PS 24, Brooklyn: I get great ideas from “A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers” (http://justiceplanbook.com) which is filled with resources for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, including links to lesson plans.
New teacher diaries | November 24, 2011 >>
In the summer of 2010 my world was turned upside down with seven words: “I have to move you to kindergarten.” Here I was, with just two years of teaching under my belt (teaching 4th and 5th grade), being forced by my principal to move. I panicked! I had no idea that a year later I’d be looking back on my kindergarten experience with fondness and a sense of accomplishment.
New teacher articles | November 10, 2011 >>
Do you expect to be up for tenure? If so, become familiar with the Department of Education’s new Tenure Decision-making Framework. The new framework, which was introduced in the 2010-2011 school year, guides principals in making tenure decisions. There are important changes to be aware of.
New teacher profiles | October 27, 2011 >>
Kristen Mulia had long been fascinated with spoken language. But when she was a linguistics major, that small inner voice said the study of languages might not be meaningful enough. There were other voices, too: her mother’s and her cousin’s. Both said she’d make a great speech therapist.
New teacher articles | October 13, 2011 >>
Teaching can feel like an isolating experience, especially for newer teachers. But there’s no need to feel alone. In fact, reaching out to others in your school community — parents, paraprofessionals, colleagues — is a good way to create support systems for yourself and enlist allies in the education of your students. Read more for suggestions on creating connections right in your school.
New teacher diaries | September 22, 2011 >>
Few things are better than a fresh start. To come at something with new eyes, new lessons learned and a chance to do things differently than before — it’s reinvigorating. And teachers get one every September: a chance to reimagine everything, from how you teach to how you decorate your classroom.
New teacher diaries | June 23, 2011 >>
Is it really June already? It seems almost impossible to believe. The school year always has its ebbs and flows, its points where you can’t see an end in sight and points where it seems the year is flying by. In mid-June, it feels like a little bit of both.