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Can my principal require that my lesson plan be in a specific format?

No, the format and organization, including which elements are to be included, and whether to write the plan digitally or on paper, are up to the teacher’s discretion.

Can my principal require that I include specific elements in my lesson plan?

No, your principal may suggest that elements be included but they cannot be required.

I am struggling with my classroom/classroom management/lesson planning this year. What services do you have to help me?

Reach out to the Peer Intervention Program (PIP) at the UFT. The UFT’s Peer Intervention Program (PIP) allows you to receive confidential, non-evaluative one-on-one help from highly experienced, specially selected colleagues who will create...

Who should apply to the Peer Intervention Program (PIP)?

Tenured teachers who are having trouble because of supervisors’ evaluations, formal warnings, or Ineffective/U ratings should apply. PIP also works with teachers who have not been rated as Ineffective or U-rated who are seeking to take charge of...

How can I request help from the Peer Intervention Program (PIP)?

You can apply by using our online form at: http://uft.wufoo.com/forms/request-for-assistance/http/true . PIP is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 50 Broadway, 15th Floor, NY, NY, 10004. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to...

What is the Peer Intervention Program (PIP)?

The UFT’s Peer Intervention Program (PIP) allows you to receive confidential one-on-one help from highly experienced, specially selected colleagues who will create individualized professional development plans with you to emphasize your strengths and...

Read all about it!

When I became a New York City public school teacher three years ago, I was shocked to discover our high school didn’t have a newspaper. So this past January, I turned my 11th-grade ELA class into the school’s newsroom.

Students have teaching down to a science

Students became teachers for a day and led more than 400 parents and guests in 47 hands-on experiments at the fifth annual Science Exploratorium at PS 84 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on May 23.

Inquiry-based learning with young students

Do you want to help your students explore their interests and extend their learning beyond a scripted curriculum? Consider trying inquiry-based investigations in your early childhood classroom.

Civics education

For many people, civics is synonymous with social studies. But the UFT's teacher working group on civics education feel strongly that the lessons of civics are applicable in every classroom.