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Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Celebrate All Things Summer


Another summer weekend is finally here—and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate all things summer, TeacherPop has scoured the web and found some of the hottest deals to complement the awesome adventures you have planned this weekend!

The Limited: Save 50% on new arrivals for a limited time.

American Eagle: Save up to 50% on clearance items for a limited time.

Ann Taylor: Take 40% off your entire purchase with coupon code SHOP40 through Sunday.

LOFT: Save 30% on all regular-price styles for a limited time.

By |July 22nd, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

6 Surefire Ways to Remember Students’ Names

Teachers, you probably can’t wait for that first day of school, when you get to meet all your students! You’ll get to hear about their summer; share what you did for fun during the break; and start creating a bond with them to build on during the school year.

But with all the new faces about to grace your classroom on that first day come new names to remember. Don’t be nervous—learning your students’ names can be fun!

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Oklahoma Learn Math Concepts

“Many of my students begin the school year either reading below a first-grade reading level or not knowing their letter sounds, and missing basic math skills,” says Teach For America alum Shelby Eagan (Greater Tulsa ’13).

Despite these challenges, her students come to Mitchell Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with so much excitement for learning, that she hopes to cultivate that joy throughout the school year.

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for a Stylish Summer

Backyard barbecues, pool parties, beach days, camping trips—you name it—the potential for fun and awesomeness is high this summer. Whether you plan to relax poolside with a good book this weekend, or indulge your sweet tooth in honor of National Ice Cream Day, these deals below are just what you need to celebrate summer in style!

LL. Bean: Take up to 60% off summer sale items for a limited time.

Anthropologie: Save $25 off orders of $150 or more with coupon code !YAY! for a limited time.

By |July 15th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Expand Global Awareness for Students in Baltimore

“Our students are hard-working, determined, and enthusiastic learners,” says Teach For America alum Taylor Willett (Baltimore ’13). “They have a zeal for learning and are eager to explore how their learning can be applied to the community around them.”

The students in Ms. Willett’s class at Morrell Park Elementary School 220 in Baltimore are also interested in expanding their global awareness, though many don’t have the financial means to travel outside their neighborhoods.

Meditation and Mindfulness 101 for Teachers

As a teacher, you’re always on the lookout for effective ways to engage your students, promote learning, and transform the lives of those you teach. But are you aware of the positive impact meditation and mindfulness can have for both you and your students?

By incorporating meditation and mindfulness into your classroom, the potential to improve the emotional well-being of students increases, as does empathy and focus—all important characteristics of a balanced learning environment.

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Beat the Heat This Summer

We’re in the thick of summer, y’all! And by now you’re probably looking for ways to cool down and escape the July heat. Well, TeacherPop has hit the web to find some of the coolest deals around for you to rest easy and beat the heat this summer—in style, of course!

Levi’s: Save an extra 50% on sale styles with coupon code SUMMER50 for a limited time.

J.Crew: Save up to 60% on final sale styles with coupon code SALETIME through Sunday.

By |July 8th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

3 Ways to Integrate Games Into Your Classroom

Most teachers love playing games just as much as their students. The competition, team-building, and fun that playing a game elicits can complement planned lessons and create a classroom culture that fosters creativity in learning.

Incorporating games or gaming elements in your lesson plans—think point scoring and role playing—or tailoring popular, established games to your curriculum, is also a great way to engage your students and capture their attention. Check out these ways to integrate games into your classroom while maximizing the benefits of the games you choose to play!