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New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher
New teacher diaries | January 20, 2011 >>
So a year has come and gone and I’m now starting to feel like more of a veteran than a newbie. As always, I try to take time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future — what better time than just as a new year is beginning?
New teacher diaries | December 16, 2010 >>
In my first year of teaching a self-contained special education class of 1st- and 2nd-graders, I’ve been facing my share of challenges. Donald, a bespectacled boy of 7, is one of them.
New teacher q & a | December 16, 2010 >>
In addition to enrolling in the Teachers’ Retirement System, you have the opportunity to participate in the Tax-Deferred Annuity, a voluntary program that grows out of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.
New teacher profiles | November 25, 2010 >>
In teacher Jessica Remboulis’ classroom, prime factorization rocks. As math teachers know, breaking down a composite number to its prime is best done by creating a diagram of branches splitting off into smaller branches of smaller numbers, a visual tool called a factor tree.
New teacher diaries | November 25, 2010 >>
I spent the last two and a half years teaching a self-contained English-as-a-second-language kindergarten class. During that time, I slowly grew to be a confident, effective teacher.
New teacher q & a | November 11, 2010 >>
The city of New York offers its employees a Flexible Spending Accounts Program, which allows you to deposit a portion of your pretax income through a payroll deduction into accounts maintained for certain health and dependent care expenses.
New teacher articles | November 11, 2010 >>
Whether you are a teaching rookie or already have a few years of classroom experience under your belt, it’s important that you make time for a few simple steps that will help you build a substantial financial future through the benefits you enjoy from membership in the Teachers’ Retirement System.
New teacher diaries | November 11, 2010 >>
One of the greatest things about teaching in a big city like New York is that there are resources everywhere you turn. Some of them are great, some of them are so-so and some turn out to be terrible. But there is no shortage of opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
New teacher diaries | October 28, 2010 >>
A few days ago, I had my first “bad” day of the semester. It wasn’t all bad; in fact, a lot of it was good. I got flowers and two cards from students for my birthday and my last two classes sang to me and were extremely well-behaved. The first two classes of the day, however, did not go as planned.
New teacher q & a | October 28, 2010 >>
Your question comes up for many new and experienced teachers. In fact, a publication of the National Staff Development Council identified this time of year, about six weeks after the start of school, as the “disillusionment phase,” when teachers often feel that the need for classroom management is drawing their attention away from curriculum and instruction.
New teacher profiles | October 28, 2010 >>
The 10-year-old girl who didn’t speak a word of English was frightened during her first few weeks at a Queens elementary school. Now, 25 years later, she’s standing in front of the classroom at PS 46 in Manhattan and loves it. It was a long journey for Hannah Kim — not just from South Korea to America, but from the world of big bucks on Wall Street to the world of little kids in the classroom.
New teacher diaries | October 14, 2010 >>
Last week my school gave parents an opportunity to meet with teachers. In my halting, broken Spanish, I dispensed as many suggestions as possible for the handful of parents who visited my 3rd-grade classroom.
New teacher q & a | October 14, 2010 >>
As a New York City teacher, you have access to an outstanding package of health-related benefits, which the UFT negotiates for its members. These cover yourself and your eligible dependents — your spouse or domestic partner and your children (now up to age 29 under certain conditions).
New teacher q & a | September 30, 2010 >>
The amount of your paycheck depends on a number of factors, including your years of experience, your seniority in the DOE, and credits and degrees earned beyond your bachelor's.
New teacher diaries | September 30, 2010 >>
When I interviewed at my new elementary school and the principal asked me whether I’d be interested in a collaborative team teaching classroom, I immediately said yes. I wanted the experience of being in a classroom where students who needed a modified curriculum were getting the services they deserved. And I was also interested in the experience of team teaching.
New teacher articles | September 13, 2010 >>
A new school year is both exciting and daunting — full of the hope and promise of a fresh start and the fear of the unknown — for teachers, students, parents and the whole school community.
New teacher q & a | September 9, 2010 >>
Lesson plans are essential tools for all teachers, no matter how new or experienced. As the educator responsible for providing classroom instruction to your students, you are responsible for developing lesson plans and you can determine their format, organization, notation and content.
New teacher diaries | September 9, 2010 >>
As I have reflected this summer on my first year as a teacher, I feel I have grown a lot as an educator and will certainly start this coming year off very differently from the last. Still, many people have told me that the second year is in some ways harder than the first.
New teacher diaries | June 17, 2010 >>
I had a truly fantastic birthday at school. First and foremost, Julio’s mother gave me the greatest birthday gift of all by not sending Julio — my biggest problem student, a 2nd-grader prone to epic meltdowns and all manner of out-of-control behavior — to school on my birthday. As a result, it was a blessedly relaxing day, and I was genuinely touched by the gifts and the love my students gave me.
What should I do if my principal wants to extend my probation and tells me to sign a notice saying so?
New teacher q & a | June 17, 2010 >>
This could be a very serious situation, so much so that you should not sign any notice of extension until you get the union’s legal advice.