New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

June 28, 2012

Tallying the year’s insights

Nearly 10 months ago, I embarked on my fourth year of teaching. I found myself working longer, harder and smarter than I have at any point in my career. These are some of my most valuable takeaways heading into the summer.

June 14, 2012

Maintain professional files at home

Suppose you’re ready to apply for your professional or permanent state certificate. Would you be able to put your hands on the documents you will need to prove that you have completed your required courses and credits and fulfilled all state mandates? You would if you’ve developed a system for maintaining professional files at home.

May 24, 2012

Para-turned-teacher speaks languages of learning
When Ruiying Liu, who was born in southern China, needs to speak to a student or parent in Cantonese or Mandarin, no one bats an eye. But when she talks away to an Hispanic student or parent in perfect Spanish, jaws drop. “They are always so surprised and ask where I learned to speak Spanish so fluently,” said Liu, in her second year at IS 220 in Brooklyn.

May 10, 2012

Certification deadlines loom for thousands of newer teachers

Newer teachers need to take care of some important state certification business immediately. 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.

April 19, 2012

Test prep season

As my 3rd-graders prepare to take the state tests, I imagine they’re thinking something like this: I used to love school. I used to skip there every morning after breakfast. I used to run as fast as I could to get to my classroom (except when an adult was in the hall — then I walked as fast as I could).

April 5, 2012

Restlessness: A rite of spring?

With warm weather around the corner, students may become restless. Teachers trying to complete a demanding course of study by June will be doubly challenged if students misbehave. That’s why at this time of year teachers often find themselves brushing off those classroom management strategies they used when the school year began.

March 22, 2012

Solar-powered teaching

“The really fun thing about teaching is when your students come to you excited about something and want to discuss it without your having to bring it up,” said Tom Wilkens, in his first year as a full-time teacher. It helps when the subject matter is nothing less dramatic than earthquakes and tsunamis, which fascinate his students.

March 8, 2012

Certification requires proof of teaching experience

You may not realize it, but as a candidate for a professional teaching certificate you will need to provide proof of three years of teaching experience. This information isn’t automatically reported to the New York State Education Department by your school. You’ll have to gather your proof and submit it.

February 23, 2012

To catch a plagiarist

My teaching career is not yet “very long,” but I have honed some particular skills during my years in the classroom. Spotting plagiarism is one of them. I assigned my high school Spanish students the following project: Choose one holiday from a list of celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries and write a three-page research paper, including a picture.

February 2, 2012

Licensing and certification checkup

Do you know what state certificate you hold? Your requirements under that certificate? Your deadlines for completing requirements? What city license you’re appointed under? The UFT gets many questions from newer teachers looking for clear and reliable answers about certification, licensing and appointment.

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