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News stories | December 20, 2012 >>

The UFT recently surveyed members about how prepared they feel to teach to the new Common Core standards, and the responses came fast and furious. “Our survey offers a troubling portrait of a system on overload, with a workforce that fears for the educational well-being of students,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

Teacher to teacher | December 20, 2012 >>

How to take a test is something you can teach your students if you follow some simple guidelines and your students do their part by making a good-faith effort to prepare for it. The following methods can work for multiple-choice exams and essays, too.

News stories | December 6, 2012 >>

Teachers now can share their best and brightest moments in the classroom with other teachers through a new AFT-sponsored online service called Share My Lesson, which has taken the practice not just national but global.

Around the UFT | December 6, 2012 >>

Human trafficking is a worldwide scourge, and even occurs here in the the United States. Understanding that and ending the practice was the mission of students and teachers at IS 229 in the Bronx on Nov. 14 as they joined Kenneth Morris, the great-great-great grandson of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass to promote a human trafficking curriculum for schools.

Teacher to teacher | December 6, 2012 >>

With the special education reform in full swing, many of us teachers — especially general education teachers — will find ourselves teaching students with disabilities and possibly collaborating with special education teachers.

Teacher to teacher | November 22, 2012 >>

Early childhood educators will face questions this school year about how best to align early childhood programs with the new Common Core State Standards. Developmentally appropriate practices and understanding what research tells us about how young children learn are the building blocks that are key to addressing this important issue.

News stories | November 1, 2012 >>

A high-level gubernatorial commission on education reform on Oct. 16 got a rapid-fire earful from UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who warned that most teachers still do not have the curricula to prepare students for new state assessments this year that will incorporate challenging Common Core Learning Standards.

Teacher to teacher | November 1, 2012 >>

Soon 12th-grade students will be taking the first of many steps into adulthood. Preparing students for this next step involves more than just academic readiness; it also requires maturity. So how can teachers motivate students to understand and accomplish the goals needed to achieve graduation and transition into college? It starts with a plan.

Insight | October 18, 2012 >>

The research has been out there for years: Students’ course grades are far better predictors of high school and college performance than standardized test scores, even SAT scores. A grade reflects the less measurable qualities: work habits, motivation, social and emotional intelligence, and perseverance in the face of failure.

News stories | October 18, 2012 >>

The Speak Truth to Power competition gets students in grades 6-12 into the action by showing them, through their teachers, how to make a three- to six-minute human rights video, with the top-winning video to be shown at the festival on April 29.

Teacher to teacher | October 18, 2012 >>

Do your students want a say in how things work in your classroom? Giving students choices in the classroom can actually open more opportunities for student engagement, motivation and differentiated instruction.

Vperspective | October 18, 2012 >>

Whether you are a new teacher, a long-time veteran or midcareer, teaching is a field in which you can always improve by reflecting on your experience and gaining insights from others’ techniques and wisdom. As the new school year gets into full swing, I’d like to share some of the insights I gleaned from my years of teaching along with those of other teachers.

Teacher to teacher | September 27, 2012 >>

Making learning possible in overcrowded classrooms Bodies are everywhere. Students pack shoulder to shoulder into the room, almost literally sitting on top of each other. The space is stifling for both you and the students, with no room to walk without bumping conspicuously into an uncomfortable child.

President's perspective | September 6, 2012 >>

The year ahead will have its challenges, but it will also be an exciting year for our union and our profession. We now have an opportunity to move education forward for ourselves and for our students.

Vperspective | June 28, 2012 >>

For the last seven years, I have worked as a reading enrichment teacher, reading classic works of literature with small groups of students from grades 6 to 8. Along with “Of Mice and Men,” my groups read: “Sounder,” “The Red Pony,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Lord of the Flies,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth.”

Teacher to teacher | June 28, 2012 >>

We can all agree that teaching teenagers requires a level of patience and concern that almost forces us into sainthood. In the current educational climate, it is essential that we give our students the freedom to express themselves responsibly as a form of self-empowerment. The trick is to let them think it was their idea!

Teacher to teacher | June 14, 2012 >>

Assessment is a huge part of an early childhood educator’s day. As time-consuming as this is, I believe that emergent readers should be assessed at least every month. Running records are the most common sources of reading assessment, and the most important part of the running record is not calculating the child’s score at the end; it’s carefully recording the mistakes that are made and understanding what they mean.

Linking to learning | June 14, 2012 >>

The Internet has made available primary documents and multimedia material that can enrich and enliven the teaching of history. By studying the thousands of documents, letters, photographs and video and audio recordings of historic and everyday events archived on the Internet, students connect to the past in ways that were not possible 20 years ago.

Vperspective | June 14, 2012 >>

When we as educators approach the end of things, and right now we are approaching the end of another school year, a process of reflection is called for. It’s necessary to reflect on the past 10 months in order to change, improve and enhance our practice.

Vperspective | May 24, 2012 >>

When summer comes, the last thing many students focus on is math, reading and academics. That’s why it’s important for us as educators to steer our students — and their parents — to some worthy resources that can help to stanch the loss and continue the learning through the summer months.

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