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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: 31 Deals and Discounts (Fourth of July Edition!)

Weekend Sales: 31 Deals and Discounts (Fourth of July Edition!)

TeacherPop is getting a jump on celebrating America’s bday, but before we sign off, we want to make sure you have all the deals you can handle. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a shop that isn’t having some kind of epic sale this weekend. But we’ve sifted out the best of the bunch below.

Clothing & Accessories

Fresh Produce Clothes: An extra 30% off sale items.

Banana Republic Factory: 50% off entire store with code BRFSVU through Sunday.

Anthroplogie: An extra 20% off sale items with code SALEAWAY.

10 Things to Do During Your Last Week at Institute

Balloons and lights at a party

It’s hard to believe, but some folks are actually winding down their Institute summer training experience this week and next. We decided to take a look back in the archives and update one of our favorite posts by Teach For America alum Ben Gunty, who gives great advice about how to end Institute on a high note.

You’re now several weeks deep into your first and only Teach For America Institute experience and, believe it or not, nearing the finish line. Whether you feel like you’ve descended into a seemingly endless quarry of fatigue, or finally started to feel deeply connected to your students, the end is near.

By |July 1st, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|

How to Establish a Rules and Consequences System in the Classroom

How to Establish a Rules and Consequences System in the Classroom

This post was adapted from a larger lesson plan by Teach For America alum Rachel Wright.

A healthy rules and consequences system is essential in creating a culture of respect and academic achievement in the classroom. Before embarking on tackling your big learning goals for the year, your students need a chance to internalize rules and consequences, have a chance to see them illustrated or demonstrated, and understand why they’re necessary. Clearly articulated and practiced expectations will help you address behavior issues quickly and consistently so you can spend more time working with students to achieve academic goals. But where do you start? Read our guide to creating a rules and consequences system that sticks.

Get Geeky with Mad, Mad Mystery Science

Mad, Mad Mystery Science

Looking for ways to get your students excited about science? High school science teacher and Teach For America alum (Mississippi Delta ’03) Heidi Hisrich launched Mad, Mad Mystery Science to appeal to a range of ages and help students and teachers “get their geek on.”

Hisrich writes: “Science should be an exploration that allows for failing and trying again. Too often, science experiments are written in a ‘cookie cutter’ fashion. Yet the thing that is most great about science is the process of figuring it out and solving the mystery yourself. Every mystery will be set up to allow the scientist(s) to figure out the best solution.”

By |June 29th, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 12 Deals for Teachers

rainbow umbrella #love

Happy summer Friday! All is full of love here today at TeacherPop HQ, and we’re celebrating by just “being summer”—in other words, dialing down to a mild 8, instead of our usual cranked-up-to-11, and just l-i-v-i-n. But we’d never leave you hanging, dear readers, especially when there are important pre-Independence Day deals to be scored. See what’s cooking this weekend.

TicketsNow: 5% off concerts and sporting events with code RMN5. Offer expires June 30.

Fandango: $2 off 4 movie tickets with code FANRETAIL. Deal ends Sunday.

6 Classroom Ideas for Future Teachers from Your New BFF, Pinterest

classroom ideas for new teachers

For all the new teachers out there, soon you’ll be standing in front of a classroom (if you’re not already) and shaping young minds, at last. It’s going to be great; we promise. You have a lot more support than you think, from fellow teachers, mentors, and even yours truly, TeacherPop. Believe it or not, one of the resources you’ll likely turn to most is Pinterest. The social media site is a treasure trove of teaching resources, includes everything from lesson plans to classroom management guides, and provides a unique opportunity to connect with other teachers who are looking for inspiration.

Winners Announced: Five Teachers Honored for Innovation in the Classroom

Symantec Innovation in Teaching AwardsEvery year, Symantec and Teach For America team up to honor teachers who are impacting the lives of children by reinventing the profession with innovation and ingenuity in the classroom. But who knows teachers best than teachers themselves, right? So, this spring, we asked you to nominate your amazing fellow teachers (or yourself!) for the 2015 Symantec Innovation in Teaching Awards.

We narrowed it down to 10 finalists, and launched a public vote earlier this month to determine the five winners, who will each receive a $1,000 personal award, a $1,500 resource grant for his or her school, and an all-expenses paid trip to the Teach For America Alumni Educators conference in July.

By |June 25th, 2015|General Pop|0 Comments|

9 Math Games for the Classroom

9 Math Games for the Classroom

Who says math isn’t fun? TeacherPop loves math just the way it is, but for students who need a bit more encouragement to see math’s best attributes, it helps to get creative. Math teachers are very creative (and know how to have fun!). We dug through the archives to unearth nine math games, courtesy of math teacher and Teach For America alum Emily Mason, to help students practice problems, increase comprehension, and have fun in the classroom.