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Brought to you by Teach For America, TeacherPop provides real talk, tips, and activities that teachers can use in the classroom. Writers offer advice for all of the challenges new teachers face, sharing everything from difficult reflections on their darkest days to quick tips for sprucing up their classrooms and their lives.

Weekend Sales: Top 10 Deals for Teachers

bikeSome weekends you have to throw caution to the wind and get wild with it. This is one of those weekends. Spring is in the air, but it’s not quite smooth sailing so we’re celebrating all of life’s many wondrous inconsistencies with a bunch of random deals. From cheap airfare to free cookies, we’ve got it all…Dealmakers, take it away!

By |March 27th, 2015|DIY, General Pop|0 Comments|

7 Ways to Find Your Work-Life Balance

work-life balanceBrittany Viklund (Toll) is back with one of our favorite post from the TeacherPop archives. In her piece, she’s tackling the ever-elusive work-life balance, and some practical steps to keeping things on an even keel.

Whether you’re a first-year or veteran teacher, sustaining a healthy work-life balance is no easy feat. But finding that balance is essential for ensuring that our energies are utilized in the most appropriate ways—and our end-of-year goals are met.

7 Tips for Managing a Classroom Like a Boss

teacher and studentMore than half of teaching includes classroom management. If you can run a classroom efficiently, the opportunities for kids to learn are endless. Check out these 7 tips for managing a classroom like a boss, adapted from a longer article, 101 Tips for a First Year Teacher, by Teach For America alums Emily and Maggie Pettit.

How to Appear Confident in the Classroom

16146506965_eb1abf824a_kIf you find yourself struggling to maintain your confidence in a classroom full of rowdy students, congratulations! You are completely normal. The good news is you can appear confident even if you’re not feeling it all the time. Let’s take a trip back to 2010 and a post written by TeacherPop writer Molly Eigen. She shares three solid principles to help you act confident and keep your class on track.

Community Moments: Submit Your Best Classroom Photos

kids in tiesHave you heard the news? Teach For America is launching a new website. Hooray! Next month, when you visit TeachForAmerica.org, you’ll see a brand-new community for teachers and education advocates. TeacherPop will be joining the fun soon, but for now, we are offering a chance for our loyal readers and their students to be featured on TFA’s new site.

5 Ways to Stay Grounded as a Floating Teacher

teachersThe following post has been adapted from a longer article by Sarada Peri called “Systems That Work in a System That Doesn’t: Managing a Secondary Classroom.”

Advantages and disadvantages of being a floating teacher—or one who doesn’t have his or her own classroom and depends on the rooms of others—abound. On one hand, you will never have to put up or take down a classroom. On the other, you never have your own space and need to adjust your plans to suit the teacher in whose room you are teaching. It is definitely possible to be a successful floating teacher. Check out our five tips for staying organized.

A Cricket A Day: Eating Bugs to End World Hunger

Eating Bugs to End World Hunger What’s a bug got to do with it? Everything when it comes to developing curious young minds on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Lou Lahanna, technology coordinator at the Island School, uses tech solutions to teach social and environmental justice issues.

One of Lahanna’s enterprising sixth graders, Britney, created a documentary about the many benefits of eating bugs—yes, bugs—to curb world hunger and lessen the demand for other resource-heavy protein sources. Britney isn’t all talk; in the documentary, she gladly makes a snack of crickets, beetles, and other creepy crawlies to argue her excellent case.

Dos and Don’ts of Everyday Test Prep

classroom chairsWhether you’re in favor of or against standardized testing, you are likely in the thick of preparing for spring tests and balancing district expectations with student needs. One key to surviving testing season is flexibility. As you assess your students’ skills, don’t hesitate to mix things up or change course in your approach to test prep. Below are some additional dos and don’ts for testing season.

By |March 23rd, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|