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teaching issues and craft

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.

Press releases | September 19, 2013 >>

Thousands of elementary and middle school classrooms began the second week of September without all the materials they need to teach the new Common Core curriculum, according to a survey of chapter leaders by the United Federation of Teachers.

Inside my classroom | September 5, 2013 >>

This Writers’ Work in Progress bulletin board is used to highlight new things my students are trying out as writers during Writing Workshop.

New teacher articles | September 5, 2013 >>

As a new teacher, you know how important it is to develop strong relationships with your students, colleagues and administrators. Here are some tips to help you lay the foundation for good communication with your students’ families.

Teacher to teacher | September 5, 2013 >>

The beginning of a new school year is filled with excitement and, undoubtedly, stress. Whether you are teaching the same grade and subject or headed to something new, getting back into the swing of things is not always easy.

Linking to learning | September 5, 2013 >>

Teachers know the importance of allowing students to craft their own stories: those they retell, adapt or imagine. Using technology to add sound and images to a story can expand its power and reach.

Teacher to teacher | June 27, 2013 >>

For teaching about 9/11, the September 11th Families’ Association recently published an excellent resource based on the stories of various kinds of people affected by the attacks.

News stories | June 13, 2013 >>

About a hundred teachers and administrators and a handful of children gathered at UFT headquarters on May 18 to get new ideas for classroom lessons involving LEGOs.

Teacher to teacher | June 13, 2013 >>

Although there is an emphasis now on teaching informational texts, making space in the curriculum for poetry can benefit students. Poetry allows both thought and silence on the page and has myriad forms. Especially for students who are not always eager readers, the range of poetry presents a compelling entry point.

Teacher to teacher | May 30, 2013 >>

Being an effective teacher requires more than simple mastery of the subject being taught. It also requires that you have good class management strategies set in place because a classroom that runs smoothly is the classroom that learns.

New teacher profiles | May 30, 2013 >>

Making up a "noun song" was a highlight for this new special education teacher in Harlem because it opened up the world of creating mnemonic devices. She finds they are boons for children who don’t always respond to the written word.

Teacher to teacher | May 16, 2013 >>

Play is steadily disappearing from kindergarten, which can have negative consequences for children’s academic success. This was not the intent of the Common Core. High-quality Choice Time experiences contribute to the overall development of a child.

Teacher to teacher | May 2, 2013 >>

How do students acquire the literacy skills to succeed in life? Here is an approach one educator took.

Teacher to teacher | April 11, 2013 >>

The development of caring bonds between teachers and their students not only nurtures healthy emotional and social development in young people but can also improve academic achievement. My students succeed because they believe I care about them. This motivates them to believe in themselves, stay focused, work hard and never give up.

News stories | March 21, 2013 >>

Telling the story of that epochal 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to public school students is a project of the Albert Shanker Institute, a think tank supported by the American Federation of Teachers, which is creating a set of lesson plans on the occasion of the march’s 50th anniversary.

Teacher to teacher | March 21, 2013 >>

One of the biggest challenges that I have grappled with as an educator is how to help students write. Students can develop creative, reasoned and intellectually stimulating thoughts and responses to questions. However, they often lack the grammatical tools needed to best communicate their ideas.

President's perspective | February 28, 2013 >>

Our union and our profession have been under attack in the last several years. We’re told we don’t work hard enough, that our results with our students are not great enough, that our profession and our schools need to be “reformed” for the sake of our children. But those who attack us do not understand teaching, and they do not understand just how hard our jobs are.

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