Weekend Sales: Top 10 Deals for Teachers

tumblr_njtsdmIEA41slhhf0o1_1280It’s the weekend, hooray! If you’re like TeacherPop, you’re likely still digging out from Winter Storm Thor’s really rude appearance last week. Well, you know what? The joke’s on him because wintry mixes are so February. To mark the (admittedly slow) march to spring, this week’s deals are dedicated to all things warm sunshine and happy days ahead.

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Five Signs of Suffering

14363815694_fcbc234525_bThis week, in conjunction with the launch of the Change Direction campaign for mental health awareness, TeacherPop’s wellbeing expert, Janna Miller, is addressing mental health in our schools. Today’s post, part III in the series, discusses the five signs of suffering, how to recognize if someone is experiencing emotional pain, and what you can do to help. Read part I and part II here.

Why I’m Staying in the Classroom

14396077993_9269de7b29_bAccording to recent studies, nearly 40% of new teachers leave the classroom after three years. I’m not surprised by that number because that was my path.

I was teaching two subjects to two middle school grade levels, and putting in 60+ hour work weeks in a portable classroom with a leaky air conditioner. Parents yelled at me for giving their children homework, administrators denied my plans to bring in guest speakers, and a student kicked a hole in my wall. I was 24 years old, and after three years of anxiety in the trenches, I wasn’t sure I could do it forever.

Top Resources for Scoring Free Books for Your Students

color coded booksHappy World Book Day! We’re celebrating by revisiting a blog by one of TeacherPop’s favorie contributors, Danielle Zipkin. In this post, Danielle outlines how she scored thousands (!) of dollars’ worth of free books for her students. With a combination of online and offline resources, and a whole lot of resourcefulness, Danielle keeps her class stocked and engaged. So roll up your sleeves, teachers, and get ready to dig in.

Mental Health Needs of Students and When to Intervene

14371191774_e2dba02cca_bThis week, in conjunction with the launch of the Change Direction campaign for mental health awareness, TeacherPop’s wellbeing expert, Janna Miller, is addressing mental health in our schools. Today’s post, part II in the series, considers the mental health needs of students and when to intervene. Read part I here.

5 Smart Strategies for Inquiry-Based Instruction

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Inquiry-based instruction was always an enigma to me. Like sustainable farming or integrative medicine, there seemed to be enough evidence to demonstrate superiority of this new, but not new, method over traditional ones, but would I recognize it if I saw it? When tasked as a principal to help implement inquiry-based instruction at a new International Baccalaureate (IB) school, I was stumped. Was inquiry-based instruction obvious to everyone but me?

Take the Pledge to Change Direction: Recognizing the Signs of Emotional Suffering


Give an Hour, an organization that provides free mental health services to veterans and their families, today launched a five-year campaign to change the direction of mental health in the U.S. By encouraging individuals, nonprofits, schools, and other institutions to respect mental health needs as thoroughly as they recognize physical wellbeing, the Change Direction campaign urges everyone to make a simple pledge to learn the five signs of emotional suffering:  withdrawal, agitation, hopelessness, decline in personal care, and change in personality.

Brown-Baggin’ It with TeachEatRepeat

EatTeachRepeatHello, TeacherPop! We are Rachel Faust (Miami-Dade ’10) and Anna Simonds (Greater New Orleans ’10), proud Teach For America alumnae who share two passions: our commitment to our scholars and our love of food. We met at Uncommon Schools Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Elementary, where Rachel serves as dean and Anna serves as 2nd grade instructional leader. In our spare time, we love cooking, exploring health and wellness, and sharing our favorite bites on our Instagram @TeachEatRepeat, and on our website weareteacheatrepeat.tumblr.com.