New York Teacher Archive: New Teacher

New teacher articles | June 29, 2009 >>
From discussing unionism to how many cups of coffee it takes to fill out Individualized Education Programs, there was a lot of information sharing and camaraderie at a lively informal meeting of new teachers at the UFT Brooklyn office.
New teacher diaries | June 4, 2009 >>

I’m pleased to report that I moved my Polish-speaking Lukas from level D to E. He happily rushed off to “move his person” from the D envelope to the E envelope, and then he went to the classroom library to do what we call “shopping for books.”

New teacher articles | June 4, 2009 >>
For most newer teachers, the “Annual Professional Performance Review” — better known as the year-end evaluation — is nothing to worry about.
New teacher articles | June 4, 2009 >>
Taking the steps to set up such files early in your career will save you time and aggravation at those moments, throughout your teaching life, when you need to submit records to qualify for credentials, extra pay and other benefits.
New teacher diaries | May 21, 2009 >>

Recently I started reading Jonathan Kozol’s “Letters to a Young Teacher.” I’d tried to read it last year, but found it hit a little too close to home, especially when he was fawning over the first-year teacher and I was presiding over total chaos.

New teacher profiles | May 21, 2009 >>

In rain or shine, snow or frigid temperatures or bitter wind — and always without tenure — new teachers at JHS 8 in Queens stood outside the school early every morning for 44 weekdays in a row starting in March to protest an abusive principal.

New teacher q & a | May 21, 2009 >>

If you see such a deduction on your pay stub, you are already contributing to your pension. But that doesn’t mean you are enrolled.

New teacher articles | May 7, 2009 >>

Even if you are facing imminent deadlines, you may be able to fulfill your state certification requirements in the weeks ahead.

New teacher diaries | May 7, 2009 >>

For the first nine years of my teaching career, I taught in the South in an area where there are no teachers’ unions. In fact, I was told upon being hired to not even mention the word.

New teacher diaries | April 23, 2009 >>

Being a part of a 70,000-person-strong rally gave a new teacher a sense of democratic participation that he had really never felt before.

New teacher profiles | April 23, 2009 >>

By becoming a teacher, Laura Breach followed her dream and not her family’s advice. Her students make her glad she did.

New teacher diaries | April 2, 2009 >>

They took the HealthCorps challenge and counted their steps.....until the competition got way out of hand.

New teacher q & a | March 19, 2009 >>

If you are interested in switching from your current school to another school, you have the opportunity to participate in this year’s “open market” transfer plan, which begins in April.

New teacher diaries | March 19, 2009 >>

One of those funny little role reversals about becoming a teacher is that you realize that teachers fantasize about snow days as much as students do, and we feel the bitter sting of disappointment when we face the truism that New York City public schools never close because of snow.

New teacher profiles | March 19, 2009 >>

The loss of her field trip program due to budget cuts hasn’t cut any of HS for Health Careers and Sciences teacher Janine Armstrong’s enthusiasm for teaching.

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 q & a | March 5, 2009 >>

Salary step increases are paid automatically through the years as you move up each step of the salary schedule.

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 DonorsChoose.org, 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.

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