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Feature stories | October 1, 2015 >>
I spent most of the day trying to meet as many kids as possible, doing my best to make them feel comfortable and welcome. I know that feeling of coming into high school and feeling overwhelmed.
Feature stories | October 1, 2015 >>
There are a lot of different feelings you feel the first day. You think only the children are anxious, but so are the adults!
Feature stories | September 10, 2015 >>
With students on the team clustered in a semi-circle to watch, the coach and one of their teammates demonstrate a technique known as the two-on-one tie-up.
Susan Tuthill, nominated recently as a Daily News Hometown Hero for what the paper described as an “ambitious glow-in-the-dark fun house project,” led her art students at Brownsville Academy HS in Brooklyn on a yearlong Ride to Wacky Whimsicality.
Ten outstanding educators from UFT-represented public or charter schools were among 15 who were honored at the 2015 Blackboard Awards in the New York Institute for Technology Auditorium in midtown Manhattan on June 8.
Feature stories | July 10, 2015 >>
Mayen Davis couldn’t bring her sixth-grade science class with her to the Costa Rican rainforest so she brought the rainforest to the Jamaica campus of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Queens.
Creativity, leadership and academic rigor were among the characteristics of the 12 winners of the third annual Big Apple Awards, which celebrate the work of public school teachers.
Feature stories | June 4, 2015 >>
Jon-Anthony Rivera, a senior at Harry S. Truman HS in the Bronx, signed up to take photography for the same reason many of his friends did.
Feature stories | May 7, 2015 >>
Music teacher Adam Goldberg has created a technology band at PS 177, a District 75 school in Fresh Meadows, where some students play traditional instruments and others play the iPad. Playing music on the iPad provides a unique form of self-expression for special needs students.
News stories | May 7, 2015 >>
An ordinary day in Christian Botte’s 7th-grade science classroom at IS 201 in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, turned into a frightening ordeal when an entire wall — including a large window — suddenly collapsed inward toward his students.
Feature stories | February 5, 2015 >>
As a math teacher at International Community HS in the South Bronx, Aristides Julmarx Galdones Uy hears a frequent question from skeptical students: “When am I going to use this in the real world?”
Looking like a brainiac. I’m very fortunate that I live across the park from school so it only takes me 10 minutes to get there. I arrived at about 7:10 and the first thing I do is turn my computers on. We just got new Macs, so I have an old Dell on my desk as well as a new Mac and a scanner — I look like a brainiac sitting in front of my computers.
An early start. I got up about 5:30 a.m. and had a cup of coffee right away. On the first day, parents will come in with their children and have questions for the nurse, and sometimes they get there earlier than me. So I like to get in a little earlier than usual to see what’s going on.
This summer, two middle school teachers set out on a project to develop their own curriculum about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago.
New teacher profiles | October 2, 2014 >>
What happens when a baseball coach, a sailor and an electrician walk into a classroom? Just ask Brad Alter, a 6th-grade special education teacher at Spring Creek Community School in East New York.
The hallways of Bayside HS in Queens are a big, churning mass of teenage energy. When 34 students file into María del Pilar García’s AP Spanish class, that energy doesn’t disappear. It’s harnessed.
What I do | October 2, 2014 >>
A Pathways to Graduation teacher who has for 15 years helped older students get their high school equivalency diplomas, most recently from a site in Harlem.
Feature stories | September 4, 2014 >>
Using scavenged castoffs, lots of imagination and plenty of hard work, Brownsville Academy HS students, under the guidance of art teacher Susan Tuthill, transformed the school’s art gallery into a fully furnished, ready-to-occupy studio apartment by the school year’s end.
News stories | June 26, 2014 >>
Quick thinking and team work saved the life of Anthony English, a 62-year-old paraprofessional who collapsed while working in a prekindergarten class at P 10 at PS 304 in the Bronx.
Around the UFT | June 26, 2014 >>
It was a chance to honor the great work that had won them accolades from parents and to share what makes great educators tick, as this year’s Blackboard Awards were celebrated on June 2 in the packed auditorium of children’s book publisher Scholastic in Greenwich Village.