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teaching issues and craft
News | June 9, 2015 >>
The UFT Teacher Center is pleased to offer four summer institutes for educators. These three-day institutes, each focusing on a different subject, are available at no cost and can be taken for professional development credit.
With Teacher’s Choice, I purchased Didax algebra tiles to use as manipulatives during my 7th-grade expressions-and-equations unit. The tiles are squares and rectangles of different colors and sizes. The way I used them was to represent variables, which kids typically have a hard time with, because it’s a representation of something that changes.
When I first came to my school, I felt the same way a lot of people do — that students should bring their own supplies. But when you work in an impoverished area, you find that more and more children come to school with nothing — not even a pencil to write with. A lot of these parents are on a month-to-month income, trying to pay the bills; they can’t afford to do school-supply shopping.
I teach students in grades K–5 either once or twice a week; each lesson ends with a lab experiment of some sort. That’s around 17 classes’ worth of experiments a week. So how do I run these labs? With everyday household goods, of course! For example, for a unit on matter, my 1st-graders make a polymer, which is a different kind of matter — not solid, liquid or gas.
Part of our reading unit is about awesome animals and insects. We wanted to explore the metamorphosis stage of butterflies, but the school’s funding couldn’t support us in that so we ordered it on our own using Teacher’s Choice funding. Each kid gets his or her own caterpillar and sees it grow each and every day — they name the caterpillar, they talk to it, they really get to become caregivers.
Salvadori is a program that shows students how art, design, math and science are embedded in the buildings, bridges and landmarks of the city. I do the project as an extension of a social studies unit on China with my 3rd-grade gifted and talented class.
Teacher to teacher | June 4, 2015 >>
Your first foray into technology and online units can be a toe dip. Use the resources and skills you already have to create something that will work for your students.
Feature stories | June 4, 2015 >>
A master teacher and two model teachers at PS 811, the largest District 75 high school in the city, have created a collaborative, open-door support system to improve practice among their colleagues.
News stories | May 7, 2015 >>
Not all assessments are created equal. The high-stakes standardized tests designed by Pearson bear little resemblance to assessments that, when designed and used by teachers themselves, allow teachers to refine their instruction and evaluate student progress.
Teacher to teacher | May 7, 2015 >>
Think alouds are also a great way to assess if your students are understanding the material. If they are able to explain how they reached their answer, then you know they wholly understand what are you teaching, rather than just taking a guess.
Feature stories | April 2, 2015 >>
Maribeth Whitehouse, who teaches at IS 190 in the Bronx, draws connections for her students between the Triangle fire and the Happly Land Social Club fire 79 years later. It is just one of the many ways that public school teachers have found to teach the Triangle fire to their students.
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.