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Surviving the First Year of Teaching in a NYC Public School

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By Weina Ma

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Surviving the First Year of Teaching in a NYC Public School

  1. 1. Surviving the First Year of Teaching in a NYC Public School By Weina Ma
  2. 2. July get interviews take the offer get nominated June get certification search for the jobs May submit Request for Recommendation Form near graduation April take NYS Teacher Certification Exams March get SSN apply online at teachnyc.net How Did I Get This Job?
  3. 3. How Did I Get This Job?  Got a phone call from the Principal  Had 1 interview with the Principal  An unexpected but key question “Do you have any ways to network as a first year teacher?”  No demo lesson, submitted edTPA video  1 week and a half
  4. 4. Where Do I Teach?  NEST+m  New York’s premier K-12 public school for Gifted and Talented students from all 5 boroughs
  5. 5. Who Do I Teach?  Middle & Upper Grades  6 levels  Age 11-17  9% Black, 11% Hispanic, 42% White, and 33% Asian students  Very diverse population
  6. 6. What Obstacles Do I Face?  6 levels 5 preparations (2 levels meet every other day) vs. 1 preparation  4-hour commute  No experience in teaching Mandarin  No experience in dealing with teenagers  2/3 of the students didn’t know they would have a new teacher
  7. 7. How Did I Survive the Past 6 Months?  Tried classroom management strategies  Got to know the students  Got to know the school protocols  Made adjustments all the time (if not everyday)
  8. 8. What Did I Do That Went Well?
  9. 9. Classroom Decoration
  10. 10. Classroom Decoration
  11. 11. Seating
  12. 12. Classroom Rules
  13. 13. Get Organized
  14. 14. Get Organized
  15. 15. Get Organized
  16. 16. Student Learning Tools
  17. 17. Classroom Management Tools
  18. 18. Classroom Management Tools
  19. 19. What Lessons Have I Learned?
  20. 20. 1. Work Smart Not Hard  In the first 2 months, I went to bed around 2 am on any working day.  I lost voice twice.  I had cold every month.  But students didn’t seem to appreciate my hard work.  I learned different lessons every day!
  21. 21. 2. Student-Centered  Ask students questions instead of feeding them answers  Speak no more than 20 minutes  Make them read, write, talk, move  Circulate and check students’ understanding
  22. 22. Get Them Busy
  23. 23. 3. Make Homework a Source of Teaching & Learning  High Quality of Homework Look Like this
  24. 24. HW#4 common mistakes 24 1. Unnecessary info
  25. 25. HW#4 common mistakes 25 2. 错别字
  26. 26. HW#4 common mistakes 26 3. Word order
  27. 27. HW#6 common mistakes 27 1. Missing information
  28. 28. HW#6 common mistakes 28 1. Missing information
  29. 29. HW#6 common mistakes 29 2. Word Order
  30. 30. HW#6 common mistakes 30 3. 错别字
  31. 31. HW#6 WWW: What went well 做得好的地方是:用了马老师教的量词 31
  32. 32. HW#9 common mistakes 1. Word Order ---Time & Place 32
  33. 33. 4. Extra Credit Projects
  34. 34. 5. Playful Middle School Students
  35. 35. Playful Middle School Students
  36. 36. Playful Middle School Students
  37. 37. Playful Middle School Students
  38. 38. Playful Middle School Students
  39. 39. 6. Hungry high school students with cell phone addiction
  40. 40. Follow School Protocols
  41. 41. Essential Questions
  42. 42. Agenda, Aims, Do Now, HW
  43. 43. Purposeful Reading & Writing
  44. 44. Assessment
  45. 45. Presentable Students’ Work
  46. 46. Presentable Students’ Work
  47. 47. Document Everything
  48. 48. Useful Resources
  49. 49. Teaching Channel  https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/n ew-teacher-experience
  50. 50. Google Classroom
  51. 51. EdPuzzle
  52. 52. Remind
  53. 53. QUESTIONS?

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