From an innovative start-up looking to revolutionize substitute teaching to a classic board game saying “bon voyage” to an iconic game piece, TeacherPop has compiled some of the best teaching-related stories from the last two weeks. Check out these seven teacher reads for the weekend!

“Movies and word-search puzzles [are] inevitable mainstays in the substitute teacher’s arsenal. Parachute Teachers is hoping to disrupt that rhythm.”

This Kansas school district realized that in order to help homeless students, they had to also help homeless families.

Wondering how you can teach students to spot fake news? NPR reports on five ways teachers are helping kids increase their media literacy.

“Answers cannot influence change until we open our minds and hearts and accept what has become a reality.”

The fine folks at MindShift tell the story of Stanley, a therapeutic dog that’s helping students develop their reading skills along with empathy.

Edutopia recently updated their comprehensive list of resources, grants, toolkits, and contests for teachers and students.

And that’s not all from Edutopia! They have a great video on the benefits of flexible seating arrangements and how it can help teachers differentiate classroom instruction.

Monopoly says “good-bye” to an iconic game piece. “Despite being an integral part of day-to-day life when the token was originally added to the game in 1935, the lucky Thimble has lost its ‘shine’ with today’s fans, and will be retired from the game.”

Have a great weekend!