New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

New teacher diaries | March 5, 2009 >>

A new reading teacher wonders when she will learn not to get to school an hour early to plan lessons she doesn’t get to teach because her principal keeps making her cover other classes.

New teacher profiles | February 19, 2009 >>

Welcome to the happy and wildly successful life of a man who finally found his calling: Sam Steinberg, educator and, as he calls himself, “a flexidox Jew from the ’hood.”

New teacher diaries | February 19, 2009 >>

A new teacher talks about her success using, a nonprofit organization that matches classroom project proposals from around the country with online donors.

New teacher diaries | February 5, 2009 >>

A new teacher tells of her efforts to get one of her students to read any book he wants, not just those from his “just right” level.

New teacher diaries | January 22, 2009 >>

Ask new teachers about the biggest challenges they face and they might say classroom management, lesson planning or even navigating the various assessments and accountability issues that grew out of No Child Left Behind. But for this new teacher, the biggest difficulty I have experienced is using the copy machine.

New teacher articles | January 22, 2009 >>

High schools with semi-annual reorganization face a few special situations at this time of year. Here are some things to keep in mind as you transition from the fall to the spring semester.

New teacher profiles | January 22, 2009 >>

From growing up in Chicago to getting a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in Miami to teaching in New York City, Marlon Unas Esguerra says, “the soundtrack of my life has followed me.”

New teacher diaries | December 11, 2008 >>

An unwritten perk of being a high school teacher: there are plenty of opportunities to revisit one’s own high school memories (ah, The Awkward Years, Volume 1). The things that were unfair to me then are still unfair to my students. The things I tried to pull past my teachers then are still attempted in my classroom.

New teacher diaries | November 20, 2008 >>

A teacher tells of being so busy with assessments, she has no time to teach. “Then,” she writes, “our administration wonders why our kids aren’t improving, like they’re supposed to learn these reading strategies by osmosis or something ... unless they think that testing actually equals teaching?

New teacher profiles | November 20, 2008 >>

“There’s nothing better than seeing kids respond to a teacher who cares,” says Sara Panag, special education teacher at Goldstein HS for the Sciences in Brooklyn — by way of Hong Kong.

New teacher diaries | November 6, 2008 >>

Mid-lesson, nothing wrests my attention quite like a left-field comment about material things: “Miss, those are Prada shoes you got on!”

New teacher diaries | October 23, 2008 >>

An experience with a student helps a new teacher make the transformation from “just some unsure new teacher” to “not only a teacher, but an adult [the student] trusted and felt safe with.”

New teacher profiles | October 23, 2008 >>

Like all writers, HS of Applied Communication teacher Richard Phelps makes a fetish of pen and paper, finding just the right brew for attracting the muse.

New teacher diaries | October 9, 2008 >>

Last year, I served 19 classes on all four floors of our school plus the annex one block away. I just loaded up an extra large Carol School Supply bag and a smaller tote and dumped all my supplies into them, carrying around all my charts, papers, markers, pencils, rewards, stickers, books and junk from place to place. This year, though, things were going to be different.

New teacher articles | October 9, 2008 >>

The union’s award-winning Dial-A-Teacher program offers homework help to students and parents. With more than 1 million calls, it has become a national model for homework help.

New teacher articles | October 9, 2008 >>

If you are looking to strengthen the home-school partnership, you’ll have a good opportunity soon.

New teacher profiles | September 25, 2008 >>

Having a revelation, ditching his office job, going for his master’s in education and, at last, becoming a teacher! It was going to be great! It wasn’t.

New teacher diaries | September 25, 2008 >>

On Friday, a handful of my 5th-grade students acted out, talked, wouldn’t listen and were horribly disrespectful. It was sad and disappointing.

New teacher diaries | September 20, 2008 >>

I don’t know if this is true of all teachers, but — I love shopping for school supplies. I always have, since the days when I was in elementary school and managed to convince my mother every year that I needed a newer, sharper, more colorful box of Crayola crayons.

New teacher articles | September 12, 2008 >>
Beginning teachers can quickly get overwhelmed by a growing “to do” list of classroom plans as well as forms and technicalities that go with the job. “The newer teacher” pages in each issue of the New York Teacher will help you prioritize and keep track of what needs to be done.
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