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New teacher diaries | July 5, 2018 >>
When we first met in September, BiBi was an entry-level English language learner and I was a new English as a New Language teacher. BiBi, a 5th-grader, was reluctant to learn, to speak a word of English or even to go over the English alphabet. She wanted to hold on to her home language. I totally understand this. Why should a child be stripped of her identity just because she is in another country?
Inside my classroom | July 5, 2018 >>
It’s so important to celebrate growth as well as achievement, especially as we work to instill a growth mindset in our kids. This little board is one way I do that.
New teacher articles | June 7, 2018 >>
Your students are dealing with challenges and complex emotions outside the classroom that can affect their learning. IIf you can think of these issues as opportunities to help your students build resilience, you can begin to establish a classroom environment that supports your students’ social and emotional needs as well as their academic ones.
Inside my classroom | June 7, 2018 >>
We integrated the first languages of English language learners in our 7th-grade literacy unit on poetry in both integrated co-teaching and general education classes.
New teacher profiles | May 3, 2018 >>
Tara Jarvis traverses New York City wearing a huge grin. “People smile back at me and that’s when I realize I’m smiling,” says Jarvis, a first-year art teacher of students with special needs at District 75’s Brooklyn Transition Center. After a challenging childhood and a heart-wrenching 2017, Jarvis is living her dreams.
Inside my classroom | May 3, 2018 >>
This is one classroom management technique I use in my 1st-grade classroom.
New teacher diaries | March 1, 2018 >>
My favorite way to study the art of teaching has been to watch other teachers in action. I sit in the back of their class, taking meticulous notes. One day, I went to watch my school’s chorus teacher.
New teacher profiles | January 4, 2018 >>
Immigrant students at the International HS for Health Sciences in Queens can relate to visual arts teacher Gehan Habashy, who was born and raised in Egypt.
Feature stories | January 4, 2018 >>
Coordinator Teresa Devore has worked tirelessly to make the Teacher Center at John Dewey HS a place where teachers can come for advice, resources and support. She focuses in particular on newer teachers, who make up about a third of Dewey’s teaching staff.
Inside my classroom | December 7, 2017 >>
My students came up with amazing ideas of what people with a growth mindset might say.
New teacher articles | December 7, 2017 >>
Now that the newness of the school year has worn off, you may find yourself hunting for fresh strategies for motivating students to try out as the winter looms.
Around the UFT | December 7, 2017 >>
New members at three large high schools in Brooklyn had the opportunity to learn more about their union on Oct. 25 at Madison HS.
News stories | December 7, 2017 >>
As part of a special effort to engage and inform the union’s newest members, the UFT’s New Member Initiative held meet-and-greet events in each UFT borough office this fall.
Inside my classroom | November 2, 2017 >>
This eraser gumball machine is one of my favorite classroom accessories.
New teacher diaries | November 2, 2017 >>
Sparrows nesting above my school's front entrance listened exceptionally well and requested nothing in return. In their own small way, they kept me going long enough until I found what I needed within myself to do the job well.
New teacher articles | October 5, 2017 >>
The UFT is here to protect the rights of new teachers and support them in their new careers. Whether you have a specific issue you need help resolving or you’re seeking broader support, the UFT is here to help.
News stories | October 5, 2017 >>
UFT members with 1-3 years of service are invited to attend special meet-and-greets for new members with UFT President Michael Mulgrew in each of the UFT’s five borough offices.
News | September 19, 2017 >>
How much should you save for retirement? How does your pension plan work? If you have questions like these, come to a financial wellness workshop for new members.
Inside my classroom | September 7, 2017 >>
Here is an organizational chart I use to give my students ownership of the space from the first day of school.
New teacher profiles | September 7, 2017 >>
It’s all about “kids having access to experiences, whether I do it through being a teacher or being a program director at a museum or being a Girl Scout leader,” says Leslie Martinez, who is starting her third year as a teacher at Manhattan’s Humanities Prep Academy.