New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

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.

January 19, 2012

Smart cookie

Having worked his way up from pot washer to executive chef, Christopher Burgos knows his way around a kitchen. Now he’s getting a feel for the classroom.

December 22, 2011

A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers

Recommended by Margrit Pittman-Polletta, PS 24, Brooklyn: I get great ideas from “A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers” (http://justiceplanbook.com) which is filled with resources for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, including links to lesson plans.

November 24, 2011

Blessings in disguise

In the summer of 2010 my world was turned upside down with seven words: “I have to move you to kindergarten.” Here I was, with just two years of teaching under my belt (teaching 4th and 5th grade), being forced by my principal to move. I panicked! I had no idea that a year later I’d be looking back on my kindergarten experience with fondness and a sense of accomplishment.

November 10, 2011

Tenure: What the DOE’s new framework means for you

Do you expect to be up for tenure? If so, become familiar with the Department of Education’s new Tenure Decision-making Framework. The new framework, which was introduced in the 2010-2011 school year, guides principals in making tenure decisions. There are important changes to be aware of.

October 27, 2011

No failure to communicate

Kristen Mulia had long been fascinated with spoken language. But when she was a linguistics major, that small inner voice said the study of languages might not be meaningful enough. There were other voices, too: her mother’s and her cousin’s. Both said she’d make a great speech therapist.

October 13, 2011

Creating alliances for student success

Teaching can feel like an isolating experience, especially for newer teachers. But there’s no need to feel alone. In fact, reaching out to others in your school community — parents, paraprofessionals, colleagues — is a good way to create support systems for yourself and enlist allies in the education of your students. Read more for suggestions on creating connections right in your school.

September 22, 2011

New ideas for a new school year

Few things are better than a fresh start. To come at something with new eyes, new lessons learned and a chance to do things differently than before — it’s reinvigorating. And teachers get one every September: a chance to reimagine everything, from how you teach to how you decorate your classroom.

June 23, 2011

Where did the year go?

Is it really June already? It seems almost impossible to believe. The school year always has its ebbs and flows, its points where you can’t see an end in sight and points where it seems the year is flying by. In mid-June, it feels like a little bit of both.

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