New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

June 13, 2013

Going for your professional state certificate?

Are you working toward your professional state certification? Then remember that you’ll have to show three years of teaching experience, including one year of mentoring, to qualify.

Signing up for summer courses

UFT members flocked to UFT headquarters on June 6 to register for courses offered in the Summer 2013 catalog. 

May 30, 2013

New teacher in Harlem sings her way to success

Making up a "noun song" was a highlight for this new special education teacher in Harlem because it opened up the world of creating mnemonic devices. She finds they are boons for children who don’t always respond to the written word.

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.

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