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teaching issues and craft

Teacher to teacher | January 5, 2017 >>

Positioning myself as both a teacher and a learner creates a climate of respect and risk-taking, where my students and I can all feel free to take that extra leap and not be afraid to fall.

Learning curve | December 1, 2016 >>

“The goal is to help children improve by helping teachers improve,” says Tagrid Sihly, a reading coach in the DOE's University Literacy initiative.

Teacher to teacher | December 1, 2016 >>

Taking young children outdoors every day is an important and sometimes overlooked part of the early childhood curriculum.

Linking to learning | November 3, 2016 >>

So you’re thinking about assigning your class a book report. Consider the many alternatives.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

Teachers in many New York City public schools are using a brand-new social studies curriculum this fall that was designed and written entirely by their fellow New York City teachers.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

More than a third of all New York City public schools are lacking curriculum in at least one core subject, according to a new UFT survey of chapter leaders.

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.

Teacher to teacher | October 6, 2016 >>

Rubrics that students create themselves are a great way for students to take ownership of their work and have a clear understanding of assessment criteria.

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.

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.

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