New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

New teacher articles | April 1, 2010 >>

The value of the UFT’s 50th anniversary celebration wasn’t lost on some of the newer members who attended the March 25 event at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

New teacher diaries | April 1, 2010 >>

Recently, my class had a very, very difficult afternoon. Julio had not had a good day: yelling, singing, humming, tapping, taking his chair wherever he pleased, pulling his jacket over his head, etc.

New teacher articles | April 1, 2010 >>

Tens of thousands of newer teachers may be missing out on some valuable benefits and important protections because they have not enrolled in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) or provided the TRS with other vital information.

New teacher diaries | March 18, 2010 >>

It is a frequent occurrence in many classrooms: A lesson is underway when suddenly, from the back of the room, comes the exclamation that no teacher wants to hear: “Miss, your class is so boring!”

New teacher profiles | March 18, 2010 >>

She loves the innocent, inquisitive energy of kindergarteners — and she loves the intense, roiling energy of rallies, political campaigns and election night. She’s proud that she has a positive impact on children’s lives — and is steamed at how negatively the media portrays teachers. Like any new teacher, Ashley Alvarado wishes there were more hours in a day to get everything done — yet she makes the time to serve as a UFT delegate.

New teacher diaries | March 4, 2010 >>

My mother, a former principal, recently forwarded me an Edweek article entitled “These Things We Believe.” Although I’m still technically a neophyte, I empathize with and lift my voice in support of teachers who are, according to the article, “so discouraged about the conditions under which they’re working and the daily criticism they’re hearing.”

New teacher articles | March 4, 2010 >>

In a democracy, whether on a national level or within our labor union, it is our right and duty to participate in elections. By voting for leaders and a platform of ideas that we share, we collectively control our future. That’s how self-determination works. And that’s the spirit that drives our union.

New teacher articles | March 4, 2010 >>

There was a fantastic turnout for the UFT Teacher Center’s Especially for New Teachers Midyear Conference on “Differentiated Instruction to Support All Students,” which took place on Saturday, Jan. 30.

New teacher diaries | February 18, 2010 >>

I taught my first year in the New York City public school system at an elementary school in a hardscrabble neighborhood of the South Bronx. My self-contained English as a second language class had 26 students, bridging 2nd and 3rd grade. Fresh out of graduate school, I imagined it would be a Community of Learners.

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