How Reflecting on Your Own Experience as a Student Will Make You a Better Teacher

 

For new and experienced teachers alike, taking time during the school year to reflect on your own experience as a student is a great way to improve as a teacher. Often, it’s easy to forget that in order to become a teacher, you have to navigate life as a student. And your experience as a student can be instrumental in impacting lives as a teacher.

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Help Transition From Summer to Fall

Happy Friday, y’all! As we enter the last weekend of August and prepare for all the treats fall has in store—changing leaves, cool breezes, and cozy evenings—TeacherPop wants to make sure you have ample opportunity to treat yourself! So check out these amazing deals for any teacher looking for a stylish way to transition from summer to fall.

Vans: Save $20 on your next purchase when you spend $65 or more by August 31st.

LOFT: Take 50% off summer styles and all sale styles for a limited time.

By |August 26th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Two Reasons to Incorporate Social Media Into Your Teaching

Though social media is relatively new in the world of technology, it has the potential to be a powerful tool in the classroom. And as with any educational tool—that wasn’t necessarily developed with the classroom in mind—the intentions behind its use are key when it comes to it having a positive impact on your students.

While social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram are a popular means for your students to connect with one another, they won’t replace the face-to-face communication your classroom elicits. But social media is much more than a way to communicate—it’s a valuable tool that can be used to give your curriculum and lessons greater depth and expand the minds of your students.

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Detroit Change the World

“My students are some of the brightest, most innovative, hilarious, and compassionate people I have ever had the privilege to meet,” says Teach For America alum Meenakshi Mukherjee (Detroit ’13). “Each day my students work together as a community of learners to meet and surpass goals, solve problems, and ask really important questions about the world around them.”

Ms. Mukherjee’s fourth graders at SW Lighthouse Academy in Detroit are also strong willed, brilliant, passionate, and the future of the city they live in.

A Letter to My Fellow Teachers at the Beginning of the School Year

Dear Teachers,

I want to begin by telling you a story. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve remembered a Walt Disney quote I heard during my first trip to Disneyland: “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” I was the little girl who dreamed about being a Disney princess and marrying Prince Charming when I grew up. Then my dream evolved into wanting to be a teacher whose alter ego was a Disney princess. I wanted to do something in my life that I knew would have a lasting impact, whether on one person or many.

How to Balance Technology in the Classroom

Knowing when, and how, to incorporate technology into your teaching is important when leading a classroom—an appropriate balance can make your teaching more effective and improve outcomes for your students. But how can teachers find and achieve that balance? TeacherPop has a few strategies for you to consider when integrating technology into the classroom experience.

Set clear rules and guidelines for technology use.

Students are surrounded by technology—at home, at school, in their pockets, and around every corner. But what’s acceptable at home may not be appropriate in the classroom, so it’s key to set clear rules regarding technology use at the outset.

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Count Down the Final Weeks of Summer

It’s hard to believe summer is fading, making way for the cool, crisp air and changing leaves of fall. With the start of fall just over a month away, now’s the time to start offering summer the fond farewell it deserves with some end of summer shopping! Check out these awesome deals to start counting down the final weeks of summer.

Foot Locker: Save 15% on purchases of $70 or more with coupon code LKS1684L through August.

Overstock.com: Save up to 50% on rugs, furniture, home décor, and more for a limited time.

By |August 19th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Top 11 Pinterest Picks to Help Break the Ice on the First Day of School

For new teachers, getting to know your students—and giving them the opportunity to get to know you—is incredibly important. The first day of school can be a whirlwind of excitement and nervous apprehension for both teacher and student.

So, after a fun and eventful summer, it’s a good idea to have a few ice-breakers up your sleeve to help ease your students back into the swing of things. Check out these five activities to help everyone get to know each other on the first day of school!