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Learning curve | June 6, 2019 >>

For many people, civics is synonymous with social studies. But the UFT's teacher working group on civics education feel strongly that the lessons of civics are applicable in every classroom.

Teacher to teacher | June 6, 2019 >>

Do you want to help your students explore their interests and extend their learning beyond a scripted curriculum? Consider trying inquiry-based investigations in your early childhood classroom.

Feature stories | June 6, 2019 >>

Students became teachers for a day and led more than 400 parents and guests in 47 hands-on experiments at the fifth annual Science Exploratorium at PS 84 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on May 23.

Feature stories | May 2, 2019 >>

Zenzile DaBreo, a kindergarten teacher at PS/IS 109 in Brooklyn, was honored with the Sanford Teacher Award as the “most inspirational teacher” in New York State. “We only have two rules in my classroom: be respectful and be responsible,” she says.

Teacher to teacher | May 2, 2019 >>

In my 3rd-grade classroom, my students use thinking maps — which are not graphic organizers! — to represent their ideas. Each type of thinking map connects a basic cognitive skill with a visual representation.

Learning curve | April 4, 2019 >>

“Every student should have access to the library and the opportunity to go there,” says says Michael Dodes, a school librarian who now works as a library operations and instructional coordinator in the DOE’s Office of Library Services. “It’s all about creating a space where students can read, explore information and work with each other.”

Teacher to teacher | April 4, 2019 >>

To help my students grow as writers and community members, I teach the art of letter writing to my 2nd-graders.

Feature stories | March 7, 2019 >>

The Huddle program at PS 107 in Brooklyn helps students in the departmentalized 5th grade share their feelings and problems, work on social skills and play games that foster skill-building and bonding.

Learning curve | February 7, 2019 >>

PS 446 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, has found that "looping," a model that keeps a teacher with the same group of students for more than one grade, allows educators to become grounding, guiding forces in their students’ lives.

Teacher to teacher | February 7, 2019 >>

When a teacher can find innovative and creative ways to approach mundane subjects, it can truly get a student’s creative juices flowing. Wooden blocks helped build a Regents Prep program that does just that.

Teacher to teacher | December 6, 2018 >>

Students and voters alike have been encountering fake news since long before the 2016 election.

Learning curve | December 6, 2018 >>

Researchers estimate that dyslexia affects between 5 and 12 percent of the U.S. population — and as many as 80 percent of students who struggle with reading.

Teacher to teacher | November 1, 2018 >>

Structured teaching, an intervention for students with special needs, includes the physical organization of the classroom, individualized schedules, work/activity systems and visual organization of materials. There are elements of structured teaching from which all students — not just those with special needs — can benefit.

Teacher to teacher | October 4, 2018 >>

In my pre-K classroom, I strive to strengthen my students’ nonverbal communication skills because understanding facial expressions and gestures allows for communication to be fluid, natural and meaningful. For English language learners, these skills are just as important as listening, speaking, reading and writing English when it comes to acquiring English language skills. 

Teacher to teacher | September 6, 2018 >>

As we think about gearing up for a new school year, here are a few tips to help us navigate the busy, sometimes overwhelming job of managing a classroom.

Feature stories | July 5, 2018 >>

Science teacher Travis Sloane’s conception of science is “phenomenon-based.” Rather than exploring scientific ideas in isolation, students at PS 267 on the Upper East Side start out by observing real-world phenomena. 
“They look at things that happen on the planet on a regular basis and ask why,” Sloane says. “Then, they conduct investigations and explorations. They’re asking questions to find answers, like real scientists.”

News stories | July 5, 2018 >>

The city DOE’s scope and sequence for science in prekindergarten through grade 5 has been overhauled for the 2018–19 school year, thanks to the efforts of NYC science teachers. A team of 24 science teachers from across the city spent nearly a year working collaboratively on weekends to update the scope and sequence to align with the new state science standards.

Learning curve | June 7, 2018 >>

PS 15 in Manhattan is one of a growing number of schools that are dedicating spaces for students to design, build, experiment and explore.

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.

Teacher to teacher | June 7, 2018 >>

I started to research metacognition in young children because I wanted my students to be aware of their own learning and thinking and take ownership over their own successes.

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