DonorsChoose Pick: Help Welcome Students to Middle School in Oklahoma

Teach For America corps member Mariah Johnson (Oklahoma City ’14) believes her incoming sixth graders at Rogers Middle School in Spencer, Oklahoma, deserve the best welcome possible.

“Our goal as the sixth-grade team is to prepare our students for their secondary years of schooling,” she says. “By providing the necessary organizational tools to all students in sixth-grade academy, we give our incoming scholars a head start to success.”

Teach.Eat.Repeat. Recipe: Our Favorite Summer Seasonings

Summer is the perfect time for enjoying the outdoors, which means loading up the grill. Below are some of our favorite grilling seasonings—perfect for meat, fish, and veggies. We make these and store them in Tupperware for easy use!

“Sante Fe Special”

This seasoning tastes amazing on meats, and is perfect for taco night or elevating your burgers.

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

How to Graciously Accept Compliments From Your Students

A compliment often comes as a surprise, especially when you’re a teacher and it’s a student expressing admiration. These kinds of compliments are extra-special—they have the power to transform your day and reaffirm your purpose as an educator—but accepting them graciously can sometimes prove difficult.

It’s a big deal when students pay their teacher a compliment, and the way you respond is just as important. TeacherPop has a few handy tips for those occasions when your students point out just how awesome a teacher you are!

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Get in the Swing of Summer

Summer’s in full swing and TeacherPop couldn’t be more excited! By now, you’ve probably finished reading your second novel; caught up on your favorite TV shows; and hashed out all the details for your remaining time away from the classroom. Whether you plan to stick close to home this summer or venture far and wide, you’ll want to do it in style. Check out these deals to get in the swing of summer!

Express: Take an extra 40% off already reduced clearance items for a limited time.

By |June 24th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Classic Tomato Gazpacho

Anna’s husband loves soup. Hard stop. Hot, cold, chunky, puréed — you name it. When it’s hot out, he’ll order gazpacho in any variation. Traditional, fruity, chunky, smooth, appetizer, entrée — it doesn’t matter. Anna, however, has never been a big fan.

She’s not a huge soup person in general. (She likes to chew things, she admits.) Also, the idea of cold soup freaked her out. But every time her husband ordered it, he offered her a bite. When Anna finally tried it, she deemed it “not bad.” Gazpacho slowly crept into a space that no longer scared her.

How to Help Elementary Students (Re)Focus

During the course of an elementary school day, concentrated little balls of energy begin to form behind the desks in your classroom. It may start with a few legs bouncing up and down, pencils tapping on desks, deep yawns that lead to deeps stretches, and the dreaded full-body, back-and-forth rock. If you’re a teacher in an elementary school classroom, you probably have at least one student at any given time who needs to expend some of the energy that builds up from sitting at a desk. But how?

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Instill a Love of Reading in Atlanta Fourth Graders

When it comes to developing students’ perspectives on reading, Teach For America alum Allaisia Cotton (Metro Atlanta ’11) believes fourth grade is a critical time.

“They can either decide that reading is a fun and enjoyable activity that they can engage in at any time,” Ms. Cotton says, “or they can decide that reading is a boring activity that they only participate in when asked to.”

Become an Advocate For Impact With Teach Plus Online

Wondering what it would take to heighten your knowledge of education policy? Maybe even become a policy wonk, armed with the skills and know-how to advocate for changes at the local, state, and federal levels that will positively impact your students?

Starting July 7, Teach Plus is offering teachers across the country the opportunity to learn everything they need to know to influence policy decisions. With the new, free Teach Plus Online course, teachers will gain an understanding of policy and advocacy to help guide the decision-making process.

By |June 20th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|