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Weekend Sales: Top 10 Deals for Teachers

teacherpop.orgWhether you’re already basking in the glory of summer break (congratulations!), or still marching toward the finish line with head held high, you deserve a high five for just being amazing. Teachers are the best, and TeacherPop is really feeling that today—so thank you for being you.

Here’s hoping this weekend’s bargains will make your lives a bit easier, keep some cash in your pocket, and get you styled out for summer.


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14 Tips for Getting Things Done at Institute

14 Tips for Getting Things Done at Institute

Welcome to Institute, future teachers! The next few months will be some of the most exciting, exhilarating, and, yes, exhausting days of your lives, but TeacherPop will be there every step of the way. We’re like an advisor, BFF, parent, behaviorist, resource center, and therapist all rolled into one. Have a question about lesson planning? Check! Need some advice about managing your stress levels? Check, check! Puzzled how to keep your students’ attention? Check, check, check! We’ve got you covered.

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DonorsChoose.org Pick: Currents of Electricity and Hope

DonorsChoose.org Pick: DonorsChoose.org Pick: Currents of Electricity and Hope

Every day Teach For America corps member Ms. P teaches more than science to juniors and seniors at Sunshine High School in Newbern, Alabama. She strives to bring out the very best in them through STEM activities, readings, and a host of other lessons to advance their sense of self-worth.

“My students are given far less credit than they deserve, and because they have been held to such low standards their whole lives, they have started holding themselves to those standards,” writes Ms. P. “My goal for this year has been to show them how much potential they have. I want them to see how much potential I see in them.”

Weekend Sales: 21 Deals for Teachers (Memorial Day Edition!)

21 Memorial Day Weekend SalesHappy unofficial start of summer! Whether you’re spending this weekend soaking up some rays or planning your break schedule, take a peek at our list of Memorial Day weekend sales. These are some of the best bargains you’re going to find all year. Even if you’re short on cash (or keeping your budget happy), a little window shopping (and a free Frosty!) never hurts.

Amazon: 20% off select items with code FUN20SUN.

ASOS: 20% off regular-priced items with code LONGWKND.

Banana Republic: 40% off entire order. Use code BRSUMMER.

18 Goal-Driven Classroom Phrases

18 Goal-Driven Classroom Phrases

Do you ever find yourself getting bogged down in the weeds of classroom management? Or even worse, do you find yourself responding to behaviors in the same way every time? At this point in the school year, both you and your students are likely tired of hearing the same old phrases coming from your mouth—and your kids may even tune you out.

Teach For America’s Joanna Lein originally created this handy list of 18 classroom phrases that are also expert multitaskers: They help positively manage classroom behavior, while simultaneously steering your class back to the big picture, your learning goals. Read through the phrases below and add your own in the comments.

How to Engage Students in Designing and Implementing Lesson Plans

How to Engage Students in Designing and Implementing Lesson Plans

What happens when you let your students teach the class? Amazing things! In this lesson plan, learn how to assign students into small groups to design their own teaching plans and subsequently teach those lessons to their classmates. It’s great for reinforcing commonly misunderstood topics in a unit and particularly well-suited for the end of the school year.

According to the lesson’s author, TFA alum Joanna Smith, “students are extremely creative, and may even create better lesson plans than you with fun games, animated PowerPoints, and cool videos. I also found that my students preferred to listen to and learn from their peers than they did from me by the end of the year.”

Weekend Sales: Top 10 Deals for Teachers

Weekend SalesCongrats, teachers, another week in the bank, and you’re one step closer to summer break. If you’re ready to throw your teacher wardrobe to the curb for a bit and get casual with sandals and tees, we have some discounts you’ll want to see. Let’s go summer!

Reliable shoe dudes Steve Madden are making our sandal dreams a reality with an extra 25% off and free shipping. Be sure to use code FRIENDS at checkout.

6 Free Online Classes to Take This Summer

6 Free Online Classes to Take This Summer

Is professional development on your summer bucket list? You’re in luck! There are ample free education classes online, and many start in May and June just as the school year winds down. TeacherPop selected a few of our favorites. Check out these six, self-paced courses and sign up today.

Intro to Student Assessment

As you know, assessment is key. It helps you understand how your teaching approach has helped (or hindered) your students’ achievement and learning goals. This intro course will refine your strategies for using assessment as an essential part of your teaching process.