New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

May 16, 2013

Certification deadlines loom for thousands

It’s time for newer teachers to take care of some important state certification business. 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.

May 2, 2013

Fear, frustration, failure and state tests

This will be the fourth year that my students and I have suffered through the New York State high-stakes elementary school tests. Although the mayor and the chancellor tell us this year’s tests are all new, my stories from the classroom are similar to years past.

April 11, 2013

Understanding the DOE’s tenure framework

If you’re a probationary teacher who plans to achieve tenure, it’s time to become familiar with the Department of Education’s Tenure Decision-making Framework.

March 21, 2013

Washington transplant takes the (cheese)cake

A big challenge for this English language arts enrichment cluster teacher of grades 6-8 at PS 36 in East New York is “to understand what’s in my control and what’s out of my control,” he said. “You have a rough day and can’t take it personally, but at the same time it’s my nature to reflect on why something didn’t go as anticipated and on how to make it better next time.”

February 28, 2013

Take care of your financial future

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.

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.

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