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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.

DonorsChoose.org Pick: Sparking Interest in Computer Science & Engineering

DonorsChoose.org Pick of the Week

Teach For America alumna Angelina Collazo understands how essential it is for her students to be exposed to different forms of technology. She describes her students at Waianae Intermediate School in Waianae, Hawaii as incredibly curious, and has set out to teach them basic computing skills through project-based learning.

“I want my classroom to be somewhere where they can get lost in solving a problem they can directly affect in real time,” Ms. Collazo says. “I want them to be, if even for 45 minutes, distracted from the stressors and the barriers in their way because they are so invested in writing their program or testing their code.”

By |February 11th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Top 10 Pinterest Picks for Black History Month

Top 10 pinterest picks for black history month

Looking for ways to incorporate black history into your curriculum in February and beyond? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite resources from Pinterest to get you started. Check out our top 10 Pinterest picks for Black History Month.

1. 26 Children’s Books

26 Children's Books that Celebrate Black Heroes

2. Bulletin Board

black history month/valentine's day bulletin board

3. Black History Month Books, Movies, and More

black history month resources

4. Scholastic’s Favorites for Black History Month

black history month resources

5. 6 African-American Inventors

African-American inventors

6. Picture Books for Black History Month

picture books for black history month

7. Mosaic Portraits

Black History Month Mosaic Portraits

8. Art Projects and Other Freebies

Black History Month art projects

9. Thurgood Marshall Foldable

Thurgood Marshall foldable

By |February 10th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

RECIPE: Turkey Meatballs

Super Bowl may be over, but finger foods are always in style, especially these turkey meatballs that pack a protein punch. Our families eat these so quickly, we always make a double batch. They’re perfect with toothpicks or over cauli-mash or zoodles. We once served them at a party, and they were gone within the first hour…#manapproved.

What You Need

  • 2 pounds ground turkey (we don’t mind the extra lean in this recipe since it’s packed with other flavors)
  • 1 container Trader Joes Mirepoix OR
    • 1 yellow onion, diced

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Make Valentine’s Day Extra Special

weekend sales

This weekend might be all about football (and Teach For America’s 25th anniversary, y’all)—but next weekend, love is in the air! Whether you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day cuddling on the couch watching movies, or heading out for a night on the town with a special someone, TeacherPop has found some amazing deals to celebrate all the romance that may be in store.

Pro Flowers: Save 20% off orders over $39 with coupon code PSB2039.

Petco: Save up to 40% Leaps & Bounds dog and cat toys for a limited time.

By |February 5th, 2016|General Pop, Take a Break|0 Comments|

GoFundMe: Send Students from Chicago’s Southside to Costa Rica


Members of the Global Justice Project, an after school club at Gary Comer College Prep in Chicago’s Southside, are passionate about the historical and contemporary social issues facing Latin America. With the help of their teacher, Teach For America alumna Ife Hampton, they plan to heighten this awareness with a summer volunteer trip to Costa Rica.

“Going to Costa Rica will be an amazing opportunity for students to travel outside of their comfort zones and gain real life experiences,” Ms. Hampton says. “Many members of the GJP have never had the opportunity to travel outside of the country.”

By |February 3rd, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Revamp Your Home and Wardrobe

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Revamp Your Home and Wardrobe

When it’s warm and sunny you don’t want to be stuck inside—you want to be outside!—so there’s no better time than now to start revamping your home and wardrobe in time for spring and summer. Luckily, TeacherPop has found some awesome deals to help you knock out any home and style updates before those first spring blooms tempt you.

Best Buy: Save 25% on select appliances for a limited time.

Barnes & Noble: Good Housekeeping 400 Heart Healthy Recipes & Tips cookbook only $9.99 with purchase of any item until March 1.

By |January 29th, 2016|General Pop, Take a Break|0 Comments|

The Pros and Cons of 3 Common Classroom Seating Arrangements

Pros and Cons of Classroom Seating Arrangements

Whether your students are organized in rows, clusters, pods, pairs or in a semi-circle, the seating arrangement you choose for your classroom will have a considerable effect on the classroom dynamic.

With the start of the new term, some teachers might decide to forego traditional rows and try something innovative to engage their class when it comes to seating. The new arrangement may provide opportunities for better classroom management, but not without some obstacles.

Check out these three common classroom seating arrangements and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

By |January 28th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|1 Comment|

7 Affordable Items to Sport on Super Bowl Sunday

7 Affordable Items for Super Bowl Sunday

Is this year’s Super Bowl lineup leaving you cold? Even if your favorite team didn’t make the cut (or you couldn’t care less about football), Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to get together with friends, enjoy some greasy finger foods, and yell at the TV when things get heavy.

As it so happens, this year’s Super Bowl falls on the last day (Feb. 7) of Teach For America’s 25th anniversary. Meaning? The party never ends, my friends. You can go straight from TFA’s big bash in Washington, DC (or from tuning in via livestream, hint hint) to your Super Bowl party, and no one will mind you’re so full of Team TFA spirit since errbody will be rooting maniacally for somebody.