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Teachers: you are on the front lines of education in New York City. We want to hear about your experiences in the classroom, and your views of the overall system. What’s on your mind? Submit potential opinion pieces to schoolbook@wnyc.org.

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How I Became a Teacher

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A first-year teacher writes: "As a high school student, I never once considered the training my teachers had received or what their personal teaching philosophies may have been. I did not know what a lesson plan was." Now she knows.

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You Call This Choice?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The mother had spent her summer dragging herself from one office to another, speaking in broken English, begging that her daughter be allowed to change high schools. She was sent away, time after time, told there was nothing that could be done. She felt confused, dismissed, helpless. A middle school teacher tells her student's story and asks: Why keep attempting to navigate the jungle that is the high school choice process when we should be creating a road?

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Rules Are Made to Be Broken, and Fixed

Monday, October 17, 2011

A teacher tries to find a new way to make class rules more effective, and settles on creating new ways to "make it right" when students break them (which, being human, they inevitably do).

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Parents Don't Change, but Children Do

Monday, October 10, 2011

After four years, a teacher has learned that the parents who are there at the beginning are still there at the end, and the parents who did not give their phone numbers in sixth grade still do not give them in the eighth. Her suggestion: Maybe we should stop trying to transform parents, when it is their children who still have room to change.

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Teaching With One Eye Open

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A special education teacher entering her fifth year at a Brooklyn school says she has tried to tune out all the noise of education politics. But not this year. 'If I know it's important to consider the experiences of my students outside my classroom, then I need to do the same for myself and other teachers.'

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Teacher's Diary: Every September, I Know Why I’m There

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A fourth-year teacher in the Bronx writes about what draws her back to school each year. It's the list, she says. 'I have no control over who is on that list. Sometimes you get kids who are angels, and sometimes you get kids named Angel who resemble Lucifer. It doesn’t matter ... inside each of them lies a world of possibility and potential waiting to be unlocked.'

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At My Bronx School, 'We've Got 'Em All'

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Every summer, teachers from the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx make home visits to incoming sixth graders -- a rare practice that was described in The Times's Metropolitan section on Sunday. Stephen Slater was one of those teachers. Here is his journal about the experience.

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