New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

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.

December 19, 2013

Preparing for your tenure decision

Being granted tenure is an important milestone for new teachers.

November 14, 2013

A leader at his school and in Sandy relief efforts

Michael Cestaro's advocacy as a chapter leader at Rockway Park HS for Environmental Sustainability took on greater meaning after Hurricane Sandy devastated his school building and the homes of his students and colleagues.

October 17, 2013

Time to think about your retirement

Although designating your financial beneficiaries isn’t as exciting as designating your next big unit of study, enrolling in the Teachers’ Retirement System is an important part of launching your teaching career.

September 26, 2013

The beauty of teamwork

I had planned every minute of my first day back at school in September, but I hadn't factored in collaboration.

September 5, 2013

Communication with students’ families key

As a new teacher, you know how important it is to develop strong relationships with your students, colleagues and administrators. Here are some tips to help you lay the foundation for good communication with your students’ families.

June 27, 2013

Miles to go before we sleep

Every June — for the fourth year now and counting — I can’t help but feel like I’ve run some sort of marathon.

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