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teaching issues and craft
Inside my classroom | December 3, 2015 >>
Our students use these self-assessment cards to let us know if they are understanding content or directions or if they need help.
Teacher to teacher | December 3, 2015 >>
One strategy for bringing learning to life in your high school classroom is to have your students take on the role of characters from the past or from literature.
Insight | December 3, 2015 >>
Many exceptionally bright students are never identified as gifted, educators say, and others are shut out of programs. But these kids need challenging, inquiry-based, accelerated instruction to help them reach their potential.
Teacher to teacher | November 5, 2015 >>
Mathematics is a difficult subject to teach. But every one of our students is capable of jaywalking. They are capable of determining how far they should risk going into the ocean. It’s just that sometimes they don’t know how to express it or they haven’t had the opportunity to express it in a way that makes sense to them.
Research shows | November 5, 2015 >>
When it comes to teaching math in the early grades, teacher-directed instruction increases student achievement more than the use of less traditional teaching practices such as games, music or student-centered activities, according to new research in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. These results are particularly true for struggling math students.
New teacher articles | November 5, 2015 >>
As a new teacher, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the wide range of abilities and learning styles you face in your classroom. Because you know that one size doesn’t fit all, you will want to differentiate your instruction to address all your learners. But how?
Teacher to teacher | October 1, 2015 >>
Cultivating and celebrating trust and respect among adolescents in New York City is what student-written YCTeen magazine is all about. Teachers in New York City public high schools can get the print magazine for free.
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.
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.