If you’re looking for a few teaching-related reads to kick back with between holiday shopping outings this weekend, TeacherPop has you covered. Check out our latest installment of the best teaching-related stories and articles from the last two weeks.

“Students now feel that this is a place that they really want to be in. They take pride in their school. They take pride in the environment.” NPR reports on the positive impact art is having on schools in Miami.

Check out this valuable lesson from the New York Times that asks students to consider what a life well-lived really means.

The New York Times is also inviting students to come up with a rap about the news that mattered most to them in 2016. They even offer some guidance for teachers looking to incorporate this awesome opportunity into their lessons.

Are your students engaged, or just compliant? The fine folks at MindShift help you determine whether or not your students are actively engaged in the classroom.

Middle school teacher Daria Pizzuto shares her experience using mindfulness with her sixth and eighth grade students and the lessons she’s learned thus far.

Looking to take your lessons to the next level? Edutopia offers a few tips to increase student engagement.

“I think we’re still a few years away from fully realizing the potential of what technology can do for teachers, and there’s still a lot of innovation to happen to get us there.”

What’s on your reading list this weekend? Share your links below!