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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: 10 Memorial Day Deals to Kick Off Summer

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It’s officially the unofficial start of summer, y’all! Whether you’re lounging poolside this Memorial Day, or grilling out with friends and family, this holiday weekend will be the perfect warm up to all that lies ahead. And what kind of holiday weekend would it be without awesome deals? Don’t worry—TeacherPop has you covered! Check out these amazing Memorial Day deals and kick off summer in style!

Amazon: Take up to 60% off select shoes, handbags, and apparel for a limited time.

J.Crew: Save 30% on your entire purchase with coupon code WEEKEND through Tuesday.

By |May 27th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Timing is Everything: Incorporating Humor in the Classroom

When it comes to being an effective teacher, humor is a good tool to have at your disposal. A funny quip or a light-hearted joke can make all the difference in keeping—or regaining—the attention of your class during a lengthy lesson. And there’s nothing like sharing a few laughs with your students to help develop a trusting bond.

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Make Inclusive Education a Reality

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“There is no typical day in my classroom,” says Teach For America alum Jenny Bard. “We are always exploring the world around us through the lens of autism.”

Ms. Bard exclusively teaches students with autism at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington. Her goal is to offer her students as much access to general education content as possible.

“I consider my job to make school a fun and engaging place for them to be—and to help them adjust to their environment as best they can,” Ms. Bard says. “Many of my students have sensory sensitivity and need access to assistive technology to make the vision of an inclusive education a reality.”

Weekend Sales: 10 Fun-in-the Sun Deals for Summer

It’s never too early to start prepping for summer and imagining all the amazing things you’ll be able to do once school lets out. Whether a beach vacation, camping trip, or a few afternoon picnics are on your agenda this summer, you’ll want to take them on in style. Check out these awesome fun-in-the-sun deals to start the season off right!

J.Crew: Save 25% on purchases with coupon code SUMMER through midnight.

LOFT: Take an extra 40% off sale styles for a limited time.

By |May 20th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

3 Ways to Sustain a Culture of Positivity in the Classroom

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Teachers are some of the most positive people in the world—they have to be if they want to be an encouraging force in young people’s lives. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a teacher’s attitude will fuel his or her students’ positive actions and be the foundation for creating a culture of positivity in the classroom.

Sometimes that culture isn’t easy to maintain, especially at the end of the school year. With summer vacation in sight, the anticipation of what’s to come may derail your intentions.

GoFundMe Pick: Teaching 21st-Century Skills in LA

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In order to provide her students at West Adams Preparatory High School in Los Angeles with the 21-century skills necessary for success, first year Teach For America corps member Tanya Pacheco-Kachirisky (Los Angeles ’15) has decided to create a “mini-Chromebook lab” in her classroom. By integrating technology into the classroom, Ms. Pacheco-Kachirisky believes she’ll best prepare her students for college and beyond.

Weekend Sales: 13 Lucky Deals for Friday the 13th

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Superstitious? Even if a black cat crosses your path or you step on a crack today, we want this Friday the 13th to be one of good luck and good fortune. TeacherPop has scoured high and low to find this weekend’s “four-leaf clovers”—deals so lucky even the most superstitious teacher will forget today’s date!

Express: Save 30% on select dresses for a limited time.

Jo-Ann: Save 20% of personalized fabrics through Saturday.

Steve Madden: Take 25% off, plus free shipping, on all orders with coupon code FRIENDS through May 17th.

By |May 13th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

7 Free Online Classes to Take This Summer

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You probably weren’t thinking of starting your summer vacation off in the classroom! But when you can learn cutting-edge teaching strategies and techniques while sipping a latte at your favorite coffee shop or at home cozied up in bed, we thought we should at least mention it.

Whether you’re interested in learning about new teaching strategies or wanting to become better organized, these free online courses offer new, exciting ways to think about engagement in the classroom.

Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom