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teaching issues and craft
Teacher to teacher | March 5, 2015 >>
I started a class contest among the sections of middle school students that I teach. Not only has it motivated individual students to be on task, but it has encouraged students to help their peers.
Insight | February 5, 2015 >>
What does good reading instruction look like? It would be so nice if it were easy to say.
Teacher to teacher | February 5, 2015 >>
By guiding my students, I helped them overcome their insecurities with answering multiple-choice questions. Even my lowest-achieving students gained confidence as they actually asked for more multiple-choice questions to practice these strategies on.
Feature stories | February 5, 2015 >>
Through a combination of research-based programs and targeted intervention strategies, PS 112, a K–2 school in East Harlem, has developed a well-rounded reading curriculum.
Teacher to teacher | January 8, 2015 >>
The overarching question for all pedagogues remains the same: How do you get students to be engaged in learning while keeping their own interests in mind — and without losing your own mind?
News stories | December 4, 2014 >>
Literacy rates for students with disabilities are abysmal and better teacher training and evidence-based reading instruction are crucial to improve outcomes, say advocates for students with special needs, who sounded the alarm at an Oct. 28 City Council Committee hearing devoted to special education instruction.
Teacher to teacher | December 4, 2014 >>
Much like our 21st-century students, teachers today need be connected. As we become less isolated within the walls of our classrooms, opportunities to tune in and take learning into our own hands present themselves regularly — if we know where to look.
Teacher to teacher | November 6, 2014 >>
There is something all students get — a universal language everyone understands: positive reinforcement.
Teacher to teacher | October 2, 2014 >>
A 5th-grade teacher discovers the value of using artifacts in the classroom during lessons.
News stories | September 4, 2014 >>
Whether you hop on the subway to a museum or just walk down the block to the local library, a field trip can be a great way to extend learning beyond the classroom. As you kick off the school year, here are some ideas to help you plan your next class trip.
Research shows | September 4, 2014 >>
Students who believe that they will have to teach material to others remember more information than students who are told that their learning will be measured by a test, according to new research.
Teacher to teacher | June 26, 2014 >>
When I was in high school, my 10th-grade English teacher at Edward R. Murrow, Lou Frederick, changed the way I perceived the world. Frederick did this through a system called the “Deep Board,” which captivated our interests while doubling as a tool of positive reinforcement for our deep thoughts.
UFT blog | June 16, 2014 >>
Picture a kindergarten classroom. What do you see? Chances are, your mental image doesn't include blank walls. But a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that kindergarten students in a visually stimulating classroom tended to be more distracted than those in a comparatively sterile environment.
Teacher to teacher | June 5, 2014 >>
With our society’s increasing reliance on technology, writing and publishing have become immediate and public. Students no longer have to write only for an audience of one.
Teacher to teacher | May 15, 2014 >>
As teachers, we have all dealt with a child who is difficult to reach, and teaching that particular student can be a struggle. Here are some tips to assist you.
Around the UFT | May 15, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew paused after saying those words aloud while reading an excerpt from the essay “Why Teach” during the launch for math teacher Jose Vilson’s book “This is Not a Test” at UFT headquarters on May 6.
Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>
For proof that the influence of a great teacher can last a lifetime, look no further than Sandra Mittelman, who retired in 2012 after teaching English at Russell Sage JHS in Forest Hills for 21 years.
Teacher to teacher | April 17, 2014 >>
When my principal announced that this year’s focus would be on student assessments, I worried about the meaningless 1's my English language learners would receive on the writing or reading assessments at the end of every unit.
Insight | April 17, 2014 >>
Early childhood educators want to see rigorous, high-quality programs. That doesn’t mean they want a little workbook culture — far from it. But it does mean they want to see a huge push on literacy skill-building.
Teacher to teacher | March 27, 2014 >>
While many feel comfortable teaching historical events within a rigorous context by using primary sources and other resources, teachers may be more tentative about tackling other topics, such as the Supreme Court, that are more nuanced and harder to analyze.