Call for Submissions: Write4Good Contest

Call for Submissions: Write4Good Contest for $6,000 in Scholarships

We all know teachers are a passionate bunch. And many of you are excellent writers, too. So why not put those two excellent qualities to work for a chance to score up to $6,000?

Enter Prose and Unite4Good. These two organizations are teaming up to deliver a unique writing challenge, Write4Good, for those who are passionate about international issues and their impact on the world at large.

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

TeacherPop on the Road: Improving Communication with Students’ Families

Improving Communication with Students’ Families

Happy Wednesday, readers! We’re taking a timeout from our regularly scheduled programming today to let you know that TeacherPop is taking its show on the road this weekend. We’re going to Nashville (Music City, y’all!) for Teach For America’s big hoedown for second-year teachers. It promises to be an action-packed weekend full of inspiring presentations, useful content sessions, essential resource exchanges, and all things #teacherlife. The best part? We’re going to make sure you get first dibs on all the learnings.

By |July 29th, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|

Crowdfunding for the Classroom: DonorsChoose and PledgeCents

Crowdfunding for the Classroom: If your ideas to enhance learning in your classroom require funding or supplies, there are two teacher-centered crowdsourcing platforms that can help. Find out a bit more about PledgeCents and DonorsChoose, so you have what you need to start the school year!

Do you have an idea to engage your students through a hands-on art project? Have you been hoping to expand technology access in your classroom, or take your students to a live theater performance?

If one of your ideas to enhance learning in your classroom requires funding or supplies, there are two teacher-centered crowdsourcing platforms that can help. Let’s find out a bit more about PledgeCents and DonorsChoose, so you have what you need to start the school year!

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Teach Eat Repeat Recipe: Grilled Chicken Marinade

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe for Grilled Chicken Marinade

In the summer, we grill nearly every night we can. This is a simple marinade using things you likely already have in the kitchen. We came up with it on a whim one night, and ever since, my family asks for the “Summer Chicken” pretty much every Saturday night.

What You’ll Need

  • 1lb of chicken (we grill skinless chicken breasts, but you could easily use thighs or skin-on)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

9 Ways Over 9 Months to Create Time for Yourself as a New Teacher

9 Ways Over 9 Months to Create Time for Yourself as a New Teacher -- Whether you’re starting your first teaching job, or coming back with a little experience under your belt, congratulations! Our profession has infinite potential for positive impact. But with potential comes one common hazard: not creating time for yourself.

Whether you’re starting your first teaching job, or coming back with a little experience under your belt, congratulations! Our profession has infinite potential for positive impact. But with potential comes one common hazard: not creating time for yourself. Take it from me, a 15-year veteran who almost didn’t make it past her first couple of years in the classroom.

How to Prepare for the First Day of School

How to Prepare for the First Day of School -- 6 tips for planning for the first day in the classroom for new teachers.

As a new teacher, my professional development focused on being student-centered. I wanted to make the students in my classroom as self-sufficient as possible, so after hearing my principal talk about the importance of group work, collaboration, and instructional strategies to use in the classroom, I decided to put these ideas into practice on the first day of school. I had the brilliant plan to make the reading of the student handbook fun and exciting by putting students into groups to read part of the handbook, discuss it together, and then present it to the class. It was a disaster. Even with the best intentions, I could have put these strategies to work much more effectively had I taken some time to get my footing in between Institute and my first day. You don’t have to make the mistakes I did. Here are six things you can do to prepare to teach on the first day of school.

5 Goals for the First 8 Weeks of School

5 Goals for the First Eight Weeks of School--Whether you're entering your second or third year of teaching, or tackling your first, here are five goals for the first eight weeks.

Teaching is sometimes like being in a room with a bunch of ticking time bombs. On the outside, my students were absolutely adorable. But deep down there were any number of things that could send them into a meltdown. Further, once my students fully understood our daily routine, they knew where they could manipulate their unsuspecting teacher.

I don’t know how I survived last year.

By |July 26th, 2015|Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 15 Deals and Discounts

Weekend Sales: 15 Deals and Discounts for Teachers -- TeacherPop's weekly roundup of the best bargains and freebies online and IRL for clothes, home, entertainment, and more.

TeacherPop has some good news and some bad news. Good news? Today is Friday! Bad news? It’s the start of the last weekend of July (sob). That means back-to-school days are almost here again. Why so short, summer? Every year, you trick us into thinking we have all the time in the world to tackle our summer bucket list, we blink, and it’s Labor Day. Ah, such is life, like sands through the hourglass. Let’s bury our pre-nostalgia for summer with a few stellar bargains, shall we?

By |July 24th, 2015|General Pop|2 Comments|