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New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher
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.
New teacher diaries | June 3, 2010 >>
Dear Gladys, Today, when you were supposed to be reading your book, and while I was meeting with another 5th-grade student, I saw you writing something furiously. You are one of the few students in the class who regularly and dutifully records your thoughts on Post-its and, when I excused myself from my conference to come see what you were doing, I expected to see just that.
New teacher profiles | May 20, 2010 >>
They’re at that stage when they’re into writing poems and are dying to stay out all night at a cool downtown poetry cafe, but can’t because they’re only in 9th grade. So Elizabeth Carmichael brings the poetry cafe to them.
New teacher q & a | May 20, 2010 >>
When you complete courses that qualify you for any pay differential, be sure to apply for the extra payment within six months so the salary increase will be retroactive to your date of eligibility.
New teacher diaries | May 20, 2010 >>
As professional educators, most of us can point to that one great teacher who encouraged us to work hard, challenged us with new ideas and ultimately inspired us to follow this career path. But recently I started to think about that teacher’s opposite: the worst teacher I ever had, the one who brought me down and made me feel small.
New teacher diaries | May 6, 2010 >>
The imposing forces known as the ELA and math tests have been moving in since September. If you’ve seen the television show “V,” you are familiar with the image of the alien visitors’ ship hovering above New York City and hanging there as an ominous sign of the new world order. That’s the best way I can describe the tests.
New teacher q & a | May 6, 2010 >>
There are times when a school may need to reduce the size of its staff because it has experienced a drop in student enrollment, it loses funding or it is being phased out. In these situations, some teachers may be “excessed,” starting with the least senior teachers in specific license areas. The contract calls for layoff seniority to be used in excessing situations. This consists of your total systemwide service, not your school seniority.
New teacher diaries | April 15, 2010 >>
I’ve often expressed my wish that there were more effective discipline at my secondary school. But when I read an article a few months ago about how a 12-year-old New York City student was actually arrested and handcuffed for merely writing on a desk, I was almost impressed with how my school deals with certain issues.
New teacher profiles | April 15, 2010 >>
Among the first things Jared Beloff bought with his UFT Teacher Center Mini-Grant were “bottles of blood.” These are important materials for anyone teaching at School of the Dead in Queens, where teenage zombies, entitled to a public school education like all city kids, come to learn their ABCs.