April Is National Poetry Month! 30 Days of Poetry Starters for Every Classroom

bookletApril is National Poetry Month, and no matter what you teach,  you can transform the first five minutes of every class into an empowering, issues-packed, discussion-based, poetry-friendly space.

In 30 Days of Poet Warriors: Young, Diverse Students, Writing for Change, I have compiled 30 poems and 16 videos by first-time poets and students that address race, immigration, moms, Michael Brown, and more.

What’s the Big Deal About Mindfulness?

what is mindfulness?This will be the first in a series of three posts devoted to the topic of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a word that gets thrown around a lot in our society. But in spite of the growing attention given to mindfulness, many of us are still left wondering what this word exactly means. If we were asked to define it, many of us would be stumped.

Brown Baggin’ It: Spaghetti Squash with Pesto

spaghetti squashBrown Baggin’ It is our weekly food blog brought to you by TeachEatRepeat. Each week, these Brooklyn-based teachers present their favorite recipes for workday lunches.

This delicious and easy lunch tastes like a gourmet feast. Spaghetti squash is easy to make, totally versatile, and a perfect transition food as we head into spring. Below we pair it with artichoke pesto. Feel free to add some chicken or salmon, a fried egg, or thinly sliced flank steak for additional protein. When you get this baby roasting and combined with that creamy artichoke pesto, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip abroad!

By |March 31st, 2015|DIY, General Pop|0 Comments|

Motivation Monday: Vitality

Motivation Monday

By |March 30th, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|

March 30 Is National Pencil Day

national pencil day

Happy Pencil Day! Today we’re celebrating all things graphite points and pink rubber erasers. There’s nothing like a freshly sharpened pencil to make you feel like you’re ready to take on the world–or at least ace a test.

What’s your pencil style? Do you prefer short and stubby or long and lean? Sharp and scratchy or thick and dull? There’s no right way to pencil; it’s all about finding what works for you.

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Weekend Sales: Top 10 Deals for Teachers

bikeSome weekends you have to throw caution to the wind and get wild with it. This is one of those weekends. Spring is in the air, but it’s not quite smooth sailing so we’re celebrating all of life’s many wondrous inconsistencies with a bunch of random deals. From cheap airfare to free cookies, we’ve got it all…Dealmakers, take it away!

By |March 27th, 2015|DIY, General Pop|0 Comments|

7 Ways to Find Your Work-Life Balance

work-life balanceBrittany Viklund (Toll) is back with one of our favorite post from the TeacherPop archives. In her piece, she’s tackling the ever-elusive work-life balance, and some practical steps to keeping things on an even keel.

Whether you’re a first-year or veteran teacher, sustaining a healthy work-life balance is no easy feat. But finding that balance is essential for ensuring that our energies are utilized in the most appropriate ways—and our end-of-year goals are met.

7 Tips for Managing a Classroom Like a Boss

teacher and studentMore than half of teaching includes classroom management. If you can run a classroom efficiently, the opportunities for kids to learn are endless. Check out these 7 tips for managing a classroom like a boss, adapted from a longer article, 101 Tips for a First Year Teacher, by Teach For America alums Emily and Maggie Pettit.