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New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher
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.
New teacher articles | January 31, 2013 >>
The exciting and important 2012 presidential election may be over, but the need to remain engaged in politics continues. After all, it takes ongoing political action to strengthen public schools and respond to the needs of working families.
New teacher profiles | January 17, 2013 >>
His childhood was split between Puerto Rico and Brooklyn. At times he felt lost, hungry, angry. He harbored a wish to be a teacher but felt it wasn’t in the cards. Now, years later, Jeffrey Negron has landed on his feet and found his true home: a bilingual special education classroom in Manhattan.
New teacher articles | December 20, 2012 >>
Our previous article in the Nov. 22 issue explained the requirements and deadlines for the most common types of state certification — the initial and professional certificates. But what if you hold a different certificate?
New teacher diaries | December 6, 2012 >>
After a week without classes, my 5th-graders filed back into school. Fortunately for my class, no one had been directly affected by Hurricane Sandy beyond some minor power outages, though others in our school were not as lucky. But that is not to say we didn’t feel the effects of this tragedy in a very personal way.
New teacher articles | November 22, 2012 >>
Do you know which state certificate you hold? Your requirements under that certificate? Your deadlines for completing those requirements? If you’re like most new teachers you’re confused about these things and more. And these are not just academic questions: You could run into trouble and even lose your job if you don’t understand what to do and when to do it.
New teacher profiles | November 1, 2012 >>
From academia and law to teaching physics to city students Ben Mikesh, a fourth-year teacher is happily firing off cannonballs — as part of a physics demonstration — in his Manhattan classroom at Bard HS Early College and is really, really excited about the Higgs boson fundamental particle.
New teacher articles | October 18, 2012 >>
Teaching can often 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 and colleagues — is a good way to create support systems for yourself and enlist allies in the education of your students.
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.