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Around the UFT | May 15, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew paused after saying those words aloud while reading an excerpt from the essay “Why Teach” during the launch for math teacher Jose Vilson’s book “This is Not a Test” at UFT headquarters on May 6.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

For proof that the influence of a great teacher can last a lifetime, look no further than Sandra Mittelman, who retired in 2012 after teaching English at Russell Sage JHS in Forest Hills for 21 years.

Teacher to teacher | April 17, 2014 >>

When my principal announced that this year’s focus would be on student assessments, I worried about the meaningless 1's my English language learners would receive on the writing or reading assessments at the end of every unit.

Insight | April 17, 2014 >>

Early childhood educators want to see rigorous, high-quality programs. That doesn’t mean they want a little workbook culture — far from it. But it does mean they want to see a huge push on literacy skill-building.

Teacher to teacher | March 27, 2014 >>

While many feel comfortable teaching historical events within a rigorous context by using primary sources and other resources, teachers may be more tentative about tackling other topics, such as the Supreme Court, that are more nuanced and harder to analyze.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for the Department of Education to review The New Teacher Project’s contract to conduct the training of New York City Teaching Fellows after a union survey found that nearly half of the graduates gave low marks to the training they received.

Teacher to teacher | March 6, 2014 >>

Teachers are always looking for compelling ways to spark students’ interest and engage them in meaningful discussions. One strategy that works is small-group Socratic symposiums on questions developed by students.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

The editorial board for Educator’s Voice, a journal published by New York State United Teachers, is seeking proposals for articles to be included in its “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for the 21st Century Learner” issue that will be published in April 2015.

Editorials | March 6, 2014 >>

Would you want a doctor who had completed one year of medical school instead of four? A lawyer who had finished only one semester of law school?

Vperspective | March 6, 2014 >>

Teachers instinctively know that helping students develop noncognitive skills — such as self-confidence, perseverance, grit and persistence — contributes to their academic success. New research confirms the vital importance of these skills. 

Press releases | March 3, 2014 >>

A survey of New York City public school teachers has revealed systemwide problems with a lack of supplies, Common Core curriculum materials and internet bandwidth, along with complaints that students are not getting enough tutoring and library time, or art and music instruction.

Teacher to teacher | February 6, 2014 >>

I’ve been working with struggling readers to use annotation as a method for reading difficult texts. I encourage students to slow down and annotate what they understand while reading.

Editorials | January 16, 2014 >>

Newly appointed Chancellor Carmen Fariña told Department of Education staff during her first day on the job that we need to put joy back in the school system.

Teacher to teacher | January 16, 2014 >>

This high school math teacher, who won a 2013 Sloan Award for teaching, fosters grit in her students by giving them a limited amount of choice in their assignments.

Teacher to teacher | December 19, 2013 >>

Building a classroom community — the cornerstone of any successful early childhood program — goes far beyond learning names and class rules.

Teacher to teacher | November 14, 2013 >>

After discussions with many students and teachers, I have come to believe that what often ends up being left out of writing instruction and yet is at the heart of teaching students how to write is guided practice – specifically guided practice in the form of interactive writing.

Teacher to teacher | October 17, 2013 >>

You didn’t cause it, but one of the students sitting in front of you this year with learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have already given up on learning.

Teacher to teacher | September 26, 2013 >>

Students who struggle in reading and writing often become disengaged with traditional instructional methods. It’s crucial, therefore, to develop instructional techniques that promote engagement and move students along the academic continuum. 

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the American Federation of Teachers’ Albert Shanker Institute published lesson plans and materials that K–12 teachers can use in their classrooms.

Insight | September 26, 2013 >>

Want to be a skilled, successful teacher? Of course. Who doesn’t?But how do you get there: Is perfecting lessons late into the night? Keeping more binders, entering more data, even if you are exhausted and sick by December? If all your colleagues work as hard as you, isn’t that what makes a great school? Rather than driving yourself harder and harder, possibly without getting where you want to be, consider flipping this around. Maybe what makes a good teacher is an effective school.

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