Looking to kick back this weekend and catch up on some of the most interesting teaching-related articles making waves on the web? Well, TeacherPop has you covered! Check out our latest installment of the best teaching-related reads from the last two weeks.

Check out this episode of Fresh Air featuring journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who discusses the reasons why she made the decision to send her daughter to the public school in her neighborhood. She also wrote about the experience for the New York Times Magazine, and her story was recently nominated for an Ellie award.

The fine folks at MindShift and Edutopia explore how “peer critique” can improve the quality of work students produce. They even speak to Teach For America alum and Two Rivers Charter School Executive Director Jessica Wodatch (New York ’93) who shares strategies on how to implement peer critique in your classroom.

As you find your feet firmly planted in the second half of the school year, it’s always worthwhile to explore ways to bring new life to your lesson plans. Edutopia offers five strategies to keep things fresh in the classroom.

Looking for a few teacher-recommend apps to introduce in your classroom? Well, Scholastic has few recommendations that will help engage your students and make your classroom even more interactive.

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Mashable thinks these 49 PEN America finalists should be on your reading list. We agree!

And yes, if your students tell you that cows eat Skittles, they’re not lying.

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