New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

February 14, 2013

Evaluate this!

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.

January 31, 2013

New teachers have a stake in political action

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.

January 17, 2013

Arduous journey to the front of the classroom

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.

December 20, 2012

Certification primer, Part 2

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?

December 6, 2012

Flood of questions follow floods from Sandy

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.

November 22, 2012

UFT certification & licensing team at your service

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.

November 1, 2012

Quantum leap

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.

October 18, 2012

Creating alliances for student success

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.

September 27, 2012

Sources for courses

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.

My search for my inner teacher

“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.

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