Rachel Nobel

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

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. 

Have no fear

When the results of the presidential election left many New York City public school students and their families feeling vulnerable, educators across the city mobilized to participate in a Day of Action on Monday, Nov. 21 in support of an inclusive, diverse, safe and respectful environment for all students.

Where every child is an educator

In most classrooms, you’ll find one or two teachers. In Alexandra Hernandez’s classroom, there are 16.

Brooklyn school’s PD: One size doesn’t fit all

“How do we get all our students to reach the same goal when the ‘one size fits all’ model doesn’t work?” asks Georgia Nikoloudakis, the chapter leader at PS/IS 95. That’s the question that drives how the school spends its dedicated professional development time.

Aiming for ‘Universal’ success in reading

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

Showing children ‘we care for them’

There were turkeys galore at the UFT’s third annual Thanksgiving luncheon for 150 homeless students on Saturday, Nov. 19.

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