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June 24, 2014
Pairing serious inquiry with play, my students find a balance education policy lacks
Describing her students' end-of-year presentation, a teacher makes the case for curricula that blend "piety" and "play."
June 16, 2014
School’s Out but Learning is Still In: Summer Resources for Families of Students with Learning Differences
As the final dismissal bells tolled to mark the official start of summer, thousands of students across the state headed home and won’t spend a moment more…
June 6, 2014
Unable to suggest other schools, teachers left with special ed reform dilemma
A middle school special education teacher is concerned that city policy has schools like hers constantly scrambling to support the needs of new students who might be better served by different schools.
May 30, 2014
What I learned from four years of fighting for the city’s ‘scariest’ schools
An unlikely parent advocate explains why she chose to work in schools slated for closure—and what she learned from the students and teachers who stuck it out.
May 23, 2014
How a very unlikely school visit improved my students’ writing
Rather than turning exclusively to other private schools for insight, a Catholic school principal looked to district schools and a Brooklyn charter school teaching Greek for new models.
May 21, 2014
An overlooked part of fixing school discipline policies: reducing fear
A behavior coach and former Bronx school administrator argues that overhauling teachers understand misbehavior and interact with their toughest students is key to improving school discipline policies.
May 13, 2014
City’s approach to assigning credits allows for fresh starts, but increases frustration
A high school teacher reflects on how offering credits at two points in the year leads to differences in student emotion and motivation.
May 7, 2014
Swamped with assessments, the biggest lesson my students learn is how to give up
A second grade special education teacher: "We have spent so much instructional time assessing our students this year that we have not been able to effectively use the data we have collected," at great cost to students' learning, confidence and self-worth.
April 28, 2014
The city’s attendance system is inefficient—and I’ve seen a better way
After moving from Philadelphia to New York City, a teacher argues that the city's pencil-and-paper attendance system is wildly inefficient.
April 23, 2014
How teaching students with special needs makes me a better teacher for everyone
A special education teacher argues that educating children who don't have special needs in the same classroom as those who do, as happens more and more under special education reforms, can be an opportunity for greater learning for all students—if teachers get creative.
April 21, 2014
Demystifying a Great Lesson
You walk into a classroom. You see students are excitedly conversing with each other, taking notes on their papers and drawing models. The teacher rotates…
April 15, 2014
Chalkbeat Roundtable: Should parents have a say in curriculum?
After a Chalkbeat story highlighted a collaboration between parents and teachers at the Highbridge Green School, six teachers, parent coordinators, and parents weigh in.
April 4, 2014
Send us your First Person stories
Welcome to our First Person page where teachers, students, education advocates, administrators and policy makers are encouraged to share their stories about classroom experiences, successful…
February 2, 2012
Students explain why they walked out against school closures
Dozens of city students walked out of at least five high schools in three boroughs Wednesday to protest the city's school closure plans. Amid the crowd of protesters in Union Square, I spoke to several students about what inspired them to take to the streets and what they think the city will lose by shuttering struggling high schools. Here's what they told me: Ana Leguillou Senior, Paul Robeson High School The city decided to phase out Leguillou's Brooklyn school last year. Now that the school has started to shrink, Leguillou said student morale is low. "Students feel like they're not doing what they should be," she said. She tried to persuade friends to join her at the protest, but said, "They said, 'No, thanks, there's nothing more we can do.' It's sad to see that they've given up." Leguillou said she wanted to show her support to other schools in hopes that they could avoid the same fate. "It may be a lost cause for us, but we can still fight."
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