Becoming a more effective teacher

Here are some resources to help teachers improve their professional skills and promote their students’ growth and academic achievement.

Classroom Management

Good teachers know that a positive classroom climate supports student learning. They create such an environment by communicating high expectations and standards, conveying confidence in students’ abilities and praising good performance. These teachers provide incentives, rewards and recognition to highlight appropriate behavior. At the same time, however, effective classroom managers must consider how they will respond when students misbehave. The AFT has assembled tips, worksheets and interactive activities to help teachers become good classroom managers.

Building parent-teacher partnerships

Effective communication is essential for building school-family partnerships. Use these resources on the AFT’s website to help build and nurture your relationships with your students’ parents/guardians.

Creating a classroom team

Everyone who works in our schools plays a vital role and they all must work together for student success. In the classroom, paraprofessionals and teachers are essential team members. Learn tips and strategies for making this relationship a strong and successful partnership.

Linking to Learning

The New York Teacher has a regular monthly column to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms and take advantage of the wealth of free online educational resources.

Teacher to Teacher

New York City public school teachers share their ideas about what works in their classrooms with fellow educators in the New York Teacher’s biweekly Teacher to Teacher column.