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News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Are you a new teacher looking for proven lesson plans? Are you a veteran educator looking for creative ways to reach students or eager to share your own innovative techniques? Check out the Share My Lesson website.


Learning curve | October 6, 2016 >>

What should homework look like? How long should it take? Should it even exist at all?

Teacher to teacher | September 8, 2016 >>

Here’s what I learned in my first year of co-teaching about building and sustaining a productive and positive relationship.

Feature stories | September 8, 2016 >>

At K280 — a pre-K center affiliated with PS 10 — teachers eschew traditional curriculum in favor of the Reggio Emilia approach to education. “This is what kids should be doing, exploring the world through their lens,” says teacher Sandy Fajgier. 


Feature stories | September 8, 2016 >>

In Angela Fremont's art class at PS 69 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, art, social studies, literacy and science are knitted together.

Vperspective | September 8, 2016 >>

We can’t ignore the passions inflamed or the anxiety triggered by this summer’s world and national events for our students. As high school educators, we can provide a safe space for our students to explore these incidents.

Feature stories | September 8, 2016 >>

To find the buried treasure, take the path from Camp I through the shortcut under the water — but be sure to avoid the zombies and the place where you trip on seashells.

News stories | August 4, 2016 >>

The American Federation of Teachers has relaunched the Share My Lesson website it helped create four years ago. A prominent new feature of the site is a special UFT section created by and for the local’s members.

Teacher to teacher | July 7, 2016 >>

This year I used a different teaching model that helped me use my time with my high school math students more productively: I “flipped” my class so the lesson was taught at home and traditional homework was done in class.


Insight | June 2, 2016 >>

Action research is not research that would meet classic academic standards, but it has its own rigor: it has to work with real students in real city schools.

Teacher to teacher | June 2, 2016 >>

Supporting English language learners in your classroom is no simple task. Here is a list of strategies you can implement right away.


News stories | June 2, 2016 >>

Imagine a gymnasium with no equipment, a classroom with no books, a music studio with no instruments. That’s the reality many educators say they would face if they didn’t spend their own money to furnish their students with supplies.

Teacher to teacher | May 5, 2016 >>

Have you considered asking your high school students to re-enact famous trials of historical figures like Galileo or Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher or a literary character like Tom Robinson in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>

Wesly Toussaint is Michael Liegey’s mentor and a fellow history teacher at Metropolitan Diploma Plus HS, a transfer high school in Brownsville. It's a partnership that is enriching to both.

Research shows | March 3, 2016 >>

A large achievement gap between children with dyslexia and typical readers is already present by 1st grade, making it critical to identify and provide effective interventions at the start of school, according to new research published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

New teacher articles | March 3, 2016 >>

With exams around the corner and summer still months off, March can feel like a trying time for new teachers and students. Here are some ideas to help you bring joy into your classroom.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

New state regulations governing English language instruction inspired the UFT with the support of the UFT Teacher Center and the District 20 superintendent to create the model, which was launched this year in five District 20 schools that were struggling to support their English language learners.

Teacher to teacher | March 3, 2016 >>

My school has made a big push this year to encourage group work, collaboration and rich discussion among students. To that end, my school’s professional development team has introduced us to three innovative strategies.

Teacher to teacher | February 4, 2016 >>

The value of letting our students' ideas propel classroom work came home to me most dramatically when my students last year found old artifacts hiding in a gap in our classroom closet.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

The DOE has announced that it will begin departmentalizing math instruction for 5th-graders in elementary schools to make sure more eighth-graders are prepared for algebra.

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