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Happy Friday, dear readers! Starting next week, TeacherPop is taking a break to do a little housekeeping and update our platform. We look forward to continuing to bring you all the teacher tips and tools you can use inside and outside the classroom. In the meantime, check out some of our favorite posts from the archives below, and see you soon!

Science Says Your Classroom Needs More Dance Parties

18 Goal-Driven Classroom Phrases

11 Myths About Teaching That We’re Still Busting

7 Tips for Managing Your Classroom Like a Boss

19 Essential Materials That Every Teacher Needs

10 Daily Affirmations for Teachers

5 High School Math Procedures

Top Resources for Scoring Free Books for Your Students

The Pros and Cons of 3 Common Classroom Seating Arrangements

15 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

By |April 7th, 2017|General Pop, Take a Break|Comments Off on TeacherPop Is Taking a Break|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Relax and Recharge in Style

Happy Friday, y’all! Whether you’re hitting the road this weekend for a quick adventure or plan to unwind by sticking close to home, TeacherPop has found these awesome deals to help you relax and recharge in style!

Nordstrom Rack: Take up to 75% off sale styles for a limited time.

LOFT: Save 30% on spring trends for a limited time.

J.Crew: Save 30% on your purchase with coupon code LOTSTOSHOP through Sunday.

Old Navy: Save up to 50% on all dresses, accessories, and shoes for a limited time.

Anthropologie: Take 25% off all full-price dresses and jumpsuits for a limited time.

Williams Sonoma: Take 20% off Williams Sonoma bakeware through April 17.

Pottery Barn: Save up to 70% on end-of-season sale items for a limited time.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Save up to 40% on select accessories for a limited time.

Michaels: Take 40% off one regular-price item with coupon code 40SAVE4217 through Saturday.

Barnes & Noble: Save up to 75% on clearance items for a limited time.

Have a great weekend!

By |April 7th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Relax and Recharge in Style|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students Store and Transfer Their Work

Teach For America alum Samantha Corvino (Chicago-Northwest Indiana ’10) believes technology will serve as a gateway to future success doxazosin online for her students at Pritzker College Prep in Chicago. But first they need access to it.

“Without technology, most students don’t make it through the four years to get their college degree,” Ms. Corvino says. “It’s surprising how many students struggle in college due to lack of technology resources.”

One important resource Ms. Corvino would like her students to have is a flash drive so they can store their work in a safe, secure place. But more importantly, flash drives will allow them to transfer their work from one computer to another in a quick and efficient way.

To provide this technology to her class, Ms. Corvino has turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase flash drives for her students to store and transfer data and serve as a key tool to their success in high school and beyond.

“Without being able to transfer information, learning is often lost,” she says.

Please consider supporting Ms. Corvino’s project today—and thank you, as always for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.

By |April 5th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students Store and Transfer Their Work|

How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

One of the rules in my third grade classroom is respect your school, classmates, and others. When I introduce this concept in the beginning of the school year, I do not simply state the rule and then expect my students to follow through automatically. There is work between introducing the rule of respect in my classroom and actually seeing students demonstrate that respect.

When it comes to classroom management, I always say never assume. Never assume that your students know what you mean when you say, “show respect.” You must always be clear and specific.

It starts with you clearly defining what respect is to you. Next, work with your students to discuss what respect looks like and sounds like in your classroom. Compile thoughts from your discussion and post an anchor chart in your classroom that you can reference as needed throughout the year.

It is also important that you, as the teacher, are modeling the character trait of respect in your classroom.

Lastly, make time to acknowledge students in your classroom who are doing a great job of showing respect.

You’ve now learned practical steps you can take to teach respect to your students. However, what happens when a student chooses to show disrespect in the classroom? Check out my video below on how to quickly and effectively handle disrespect in the classroom.

By |April 3rd, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Teach Respect in the Classroom|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Happy Friday, y’all! TeacherPop knows it’s a big weekend for all you college basketball fans out there, but there’s plenty of time to catch up on all the latest teaching-related news before tip-off. From world maps to March Mammal Madness, we’ve scoured the web for the most interesting stories for teachers to read before, or after, the big game. Check out these seven teacher reads for the weekend!

There’s good reason kids can’t sit still in class—it goes against human nature. The New York Times reports on how incorporating a few movement-based activities into the school day can benefit students.

Do healthy lunches improve student test scores? According to a new study, they do.

A new map being introduced into Boston’s public schools is cutting the United States and Europe down to size.

“It’s hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they’ve had many years of instruction that focused on getting the ‘right answer.’”

A simple stroll through a student’s neighborhood can lead to stronger bonds between families and schools, and help teachers connect with students on a deeper level.

“They have all these strikes against them that we would think, as educators, would keep people from achieving. Yet, they continue to do it.” English language learners at this school in Fort Wayne, Indiana are graduating from high school with a diploma and an associate’s degree.

‘Tis the season for upsets and Cinderella stories, but bracketology isn’t just for college basketball—it’s for mammals, too.

Have a great weekend!

By |March 31st, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on 7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend|

Happy National Reading Awareness Month

When you think of childhood, a few household characters might ring a bell: Dr. Seuss’s Cat in a Hat, Rainbow Fish, and that mouse that wanted a cookie. As a primary classroom teacher, my job is to instill literacy in young minds and to expose children to diverse texts. The ultimate goal? To turn them into life-long learners.

Unfortunately, the reality of education is that these texts do not always make it into the classroom. For many of my students attending a Title I school, these texts do not always make it into their homes either. A need and a love of literacy is not being met for our youngest and most at-risk learners.

This is why my coworker and I decided to start an afterschool book club. Our mission is to make high-interest, fun, classic books accessible to kids. No tests, no worksheets, just reading and creating around these books.

Ms. Amis reads The Colors of Us to her students.

Each week, we choose a text and create a “craftivity” around it. These activities range from bedazzling Rainbow Fish to creating our own Wild Things crowns. Recently, we read The Colors of Us, a book that teaches children to appreciate their different skin tones. We asked each student to draw a self-portrait, before and after reading, using special skin tone crayons. Students were more likely to draw a realistic picture after being inspired by the text. First grade students opt in to the afterschool program, and the results are clear. Participants speak up in class more, seek out books for pleasure, and express excitement for book club each and every week.

A student displays a “craftivity” inspired by The Lorax.

Without a love of learning and reading, I would never have become a teacher. If we are to create the future of America, let’s get back to the basics of the Big Red Dog and the man in the yellow hat.

Working to end educational inequity as a Teach For America corps member, I sometimes feel like I hold the world on my shoulders. But then I break it down into smaller, bite-sized chunks. Every day, and especially in honor of National Reading Awareness Month, I put reading and books at the forefront of my teaching because I know that a great book has the power to take my students to great places.

By |March 29th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on Happy National Reading Awareness Month|

On Teaching the Lessons of African-American Leaders

On Teaching Black History All Year Long

On the heels of Black History Month, Teach For America corps member Porshia Hall (Alabama ’15) shares how she infuses Black history lessons into her classroom all year long.

Q: How did your interest in social justice inspire you to teach?

Porshia: I was inspired to teach once I started to view educational inequity as a social justice issue. Prior to joining Teach For America, I was convinced that the only way I could truly fight the social injustices that prevail across our country in low-income and at-risk communities was to be an attorney. However, while pursuing graduate studies at Alabama State University, I began to study the effects that the Brown vs. Board of Education decision had on public education and children of color. Understanding this research forever changed my viewpoint on how education, our legal system, and social justice all intersect and influence many children of color’s experience in their school communities and society as a whole.

Q: As an educator, what important lessons are you sharing with your students about Black history and Alabama’s social justice roots all year long?

Porshia: I feel that the most important lesson to share with my students is that the rich history of African-American leaders cannot be limited to a month. I strive to promote these lessons from August to May in my classroom because Black history is American history.  Further, our history is not limited to the figures that they see in textbooks and historically-based movies. Accessing these resources are important, but they must be willing to go beyond what they learn in school or see on TV to fully understand the depths of our history.

I encourage my students to look for history within their families and their neighborhoods. Birmingham was one of the major battlegrounds for the modern Civil Rights Movement, and there are still so many unsung heroes alive whose stories are yet to be told. I encourage my students to find and celebrate these individuals.

Q: Throughout your own education, who were the African-American and social justice leaders that inspired you?

Porshia: I grew up in a small town in Alabama. The first African-American leaders that inspired me were those who served in my community: Black city council members, county commissioners, and school leaders. I looked up to these people because I saw that they were invested in making our community better.

As I grew older and continued to learn more about history, civil rights activist Diane Nash became my “shero.” Her story and activism inspired me because she was not much older than my students when she began organizing through both the Nashville Student Movement and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Her level of commitment and determination is one that I can only hope to achieve as I work alongside other educators to equip our students with the skills necessary to succeed and give back to their communities.

Q: President Obama once referred to education as the civil rights issue of our time. How are educators, parents, and community groups in Birmingham working to address inequities?

Porshia: There are so many great students, community organizations, and educators in Birmingham who are fighting hard to break down the barriers of social injustice in education and a variety of other sectors, and I am so fortunate to be a part of this local movement.

Personally, I feel that promoting awareness is the simplest way to start mobilizing against inequities in our community. As an educator, my goal is to promote a sense of self-advocacy among my students to fight for the issues and challenges that impact their daily lives. To me, it’s like history coming full circle. We must draw on the lessons of history to teach students how to advocate for themselves so they can be the next generation of leaders for their community and our country.

By |March 27th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on On Teaching the Lessons of African-American Leaders|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Kick Off Spring in Style

Happy spring, y’all! Now that winter is officially behind us, there’s no better time to dig out that warm weather wear and head outside. But if you’re first looking to make a few stylish additions to your spring wardrobe, TeacherPop has found some awesome deals to help bring new life to your closet. Check out these 10 deals to kick off spring in style!

J.Crew: Save 30% on your purchase with coupon code HAPPYSPRING through Sunday.

Anthropologie: Take an extra 25% off sale items for a limited time.

LOFT: Save 30% off everything with coupon code SPRING17 for a limited time.

Banana Republic: Take up to 40% off dresses and suits through Monday.

Gap: Save 35% on your purchase with coupon code NEW through tonight.

Urban Outfitters: Save 25% on tees, tanks, and short for a limited time.

Target: Buy one, get one 50% off dresses, handbags, wallets, and jewelry for a limited time.

Barnes & Noble: Select hardcovers, 2 for $30 through Saturday.

Michaels: Take up to 70% off select items for a limited time.

World Market: Save 25% on tabletop essentials for a limited time.

Have a great weekend!

By |March 24th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Kick Off Spring in Style|