New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

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.

New teacher profiles | February 18, 2010 >>

It’s not your father’s gym class. Or yours for that matter, whether you were an athlete or the kid who got tapped last. “I don’t do the ‘old gym,’” said Sara Giaimo, a fourth-year physical education teacher who has brought new energy, ideas and fun to PS 101 in Queens.

New teacher diaries | February 4, 2010 >>

Every teacher knows that if work relates to a child’s world, their dedication to achieving success in the work will be that much greater. Our Mosaic Project lesson today focused on cultivating thoughts that would motivate the students to take photographs that spoke about them as members of the community.

New teacher diaries | January 11, 2010 >>

As any family with Italian heritage can tell you, speaking with your hands is practically a necessity. In fact, growing up in my family if you wanted to tell your cousin to “shut up” without getting in trouble, you would say “Sit on your hands!”

New teacher profiles | January 11, 2010 >>

He used to be the guy with the clipboard by the velvet ropes deciding whether you were thin enough, gorgeous enough and rich enough to get through the hallowed doors of Manhattan’s hottest clubs. “My job was to do everything to keep people out. Now my job is to get everyone involved and drawn in,” said Phil Grubler.

New teacher diaries | December 17, 2009 >>

This is my third year as a teacher, but in many ways it’s a first. It’s only my second year in the classroom and it’s my first year teaching 5th grade. In my self-contained ESL class, we’ve grown from 20 to 28 students since September — all of my new students are brand new to the country.

New teacher diaries | November 26, 2009 >>

There were a lot of things I was anxious about when I came out of the School of Ed. One was the switch from being the graded to being the grader.

New teacher q & a | November 26, 2009 >>

You should act quickly to get an extension and remedy your specific requirements promptly, otherwise you risk termination from your position.

New teacher profiles | November 26, 2009 >>

Fifth-graders have opinions, Liav Shapiro finds. In fact, they already have lots of them and are eager to debate ideas.

New teacher articles | November 12, 2009 >>

Veteran educators shared their stories at a boroughwide meeting on Oct. 29 at UFT headquarters held, in part, so that rookie educators — whether they work in the classroom or outside of it — need not undergo yesteryear’s sink-or-swim method of learning on the job.

New teacher q & a | November 12, 2009 >>

It’s not so surprising that you are not sure about your membership. Many new teachers think that union membership is automatic. Wrong. To become a member of the United Federation of Teachers, you have to sign on — and you may have done so already.

New teacher diaries | November 12, 2009 >>

After two years as a solo teacher, I was hired to be the general ed teacher in a CTT class. I was nervous about working with a partner. Would we share the same educational philosophy?

New teacher articles | November 12, 2009 >>

If the new round of budget cuts is taking a toll on your classroom resources, you can help the UFT fight the cuts, and also learn how to find outside funding through grants from a host of government, corporate, foundation and private sources.

New teacher diaries | October 29, 2009 >>

It wasn’t until the third week that I finally saw a glimmer of hope through all the frustration.

New teacher q & a | October 15, 2009 >>

The UFT takes an active interest in government policies that affect public education and the economic lives of working families. That’s why the union engages in political action about such things as budget priorities, school safety, pension benefits, tenure laws — and much more.

New teacher articles | October 15, 2009 >>

The lesson of the day at the UFT Manhattan borough office’s new teacher reception on Oct. 1 was: “Don’t wait until something negative happens before you reach out to your union.”

New teacher articles | October 15, 2009 >>

Parent involvement is a sure bet for raising student achievement — and it doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Here are some suggestions to give parents to help them do their part.

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