Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

Loving the work they do

Among the more than 1,000 paraprofessionals who attended the UFT’s 36th annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon, there was a common theme: a love for the work they do.

Lessons on the run

The members of teacher John Sorocco's after-school running team have found themselves going faster and farther than they ever imagined.

Teaching ELLs: Keeping the old while learning the new

Educators at PS 66 in Richmond Hill, Queens are striving to find the balance between encouraging English language learners to preserve their native language abilities and nurturing them in their burgeoning English skills while educating them alongside their native English-speaking peers.

Taking steps to prepare for your tenure decision

There are many steps that new teachers can take to prepare for their tenure decision.

The power of love

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day — love for public schools, that is. In the face of the threat to public education posed by the Trump administration and its new education secretary Betsy DeVos, educators, students and parents across the city demonstrated why they love their public schools.

She has authenticity down to a science

Staten Island Technical HS teacher Bianca Brandon, the winner of the Sloan Award for Teaching Science and Mathematics, draws on her experience working for the Chief Medical Examiner's Office to make real-world connections in her forensic science class.

Quiet wisdom

Even as student collaboration and group work are embraced in the modern classroom, some teachers are exploring the idea of redefining introversion as a source of strength.

DOE relaxes ban on suspending K–2 students

Responding to the UFT’s sharp criticism, the Department of Education has retreated from its pledge to ban all suspensions of students in kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Some advice for handling challenging situations

As a new teacher, you are bound to encounter situations with students that are challenging to navigate. If you find yourself in one of the following situations, here is some guidance for making a plan of action.

Welcome to ‘an amazing profession’

New members throughout the city gathered at UFT borough offices this fall to network with colleagues, meet their UFT representatives and get important information. The meet-and-greet events were part of the special outreach that the UFT’s New Member Initiative does each year to engage and inform the union’s newest members. 

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