New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

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.

June 26, 2014

Summer’s here — now, how should you spend it?

Here are some tips from experienced teachers on how to have a productive summer vacation.

June 5, 2014

Figuring out what works

Karen Lew, a second-year social studies teacher at IS 125 in Woodside, has created a hands-on curriculum that meets the needs of her self-contained classes.

May 15, 2014

Be sure to complete your certification requirements

With summer just around the corner, it’s crucial to meet upcoming deadlines for certification if your current teaching certificate is near its expiration date.

April 17, 2014

The ABCs of a first-year teacher

Interesting word definitions, based on the perspective of a teacher in her first year on the job.

March 27, 2014

Money-saving tips to fill supply gaps

As a new teacher, you may find that your supply reserve is running low as you approach the spring vacation. Fortunately, it’s possible to fill in the gaps without emptying your own wallet — as long as you know where to look.

March 6, 2014

‘Researcher and teacher’ helps students learn, grow

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.

February 20, 2014

How to read a poem (or how to teach)

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.

February 6, 2014

Don’t look now, but it’s time for pre-spring cleaning

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.

January 16, 2014

How I came out to my students

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.

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