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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 Pick: Help Students in Baltimore Dissect Frogs

Teach For America corps member Nakai Corral (Baltimore `16) teaches a group of motivated, excited, and curious biology students at Forest Park Senior High School in Baltimore, Maryland. They’re so enthusiastic about learning that they’re begging their teacher non-stop for frogs to dissect.

By |October 26th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

6 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re looking to catch up on all the recent developments in the world of education — and a creepy crawly craft project, too — check out another installment of our bi-weekly teaching-related reads!

A middle school teacher in Wisconsin shares his experience with the New York Times teaching this year’s election to his social studies students. (ICYMI, check out our post from Wednesday, “How to Teach the Election in Your Classroom,” for tips and strategies for helping your students understand the electoral process.)

By |October 21st, 2016|General Pop, Take a Break|0 Comments|

8 Teacher Podcasts for Professional Development and Motivation

Looking to catch up on the latest news and ideas on the education front? Or just need a little boost of encouragement? Well, look no further than this lineup of podcasts, perfect for teachers looking to expand their skills and help students find success on their educational journey.

  1. The Cult of Pedagogy

This podcast from Jennifer Gonzalez is an awesome resource for teachers. From teaching strategies to classroom management, Jennifer covers it all.

  1. Truth for Teachers

How to Teach the Election in Your Classroom

Even though they’re too young to cast a ballot this election cycle, many students already have their minds made up about this election. Ads for candidates are showing up online and on television; yard signs and billboards in support of candidates and ballot measures line roadways on your students’ drives to school; and presidential debates and stories on the candidates are the focus of much of the media’s news coverage. With just a few weeks left until Election Day, and early voting ramping up across the country, students are set to be inundated with campaign coverage, and as their teacher, you’ll have to help them process all this information.

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Integrate Science and Literature in Atlanta

Teach For America alum Shandrea Hardeman (Las Vegas Valley ’11) refers to her classroom as a beehive. And her students, she says, are curious, energetic, and hardworking kids who hang onto every word of the day’s lesson.

“If you came in and just watched,” she says, “you’d see 25 students buzzing around with an intense focus on completing the task at hand.”

By |October 19th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Celebrate Leaf Season

Break out your sweaters and scarves, it’s time to head outdoors to catch a glimpse of fall’s vivid color. Whether you stick close to home this weekend or journey with a few like-minded leaf-peepers to catch the display, sporting snazzy gear is a must. Check out theses deal to celebrate all the colorful wonder fall has to offer in style!

Ann Taylor: Take 40% off full-price sweaters and tops with coupon code TOPS40 through Monday.

LOFT: Take 40% off tops, sweaters, and jackets for a limited time.

By |October 14th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

15 Spooky Pinterest Picks for Your Classroom This Halloween

With Halloween’s tricks and treats right around the corner, it’s time to begin prepping your classroom for the studious ghouls, ghosts, and goblins you’ll have the pleasure of teaching that day. Looking for some spooky inspiration? Check out these 15 Halloween activities and projects from Pinterest to help spookify your classroom!

  1. Candy Corn Banner

  1. Toilet Roll Bats

  1. Spooky Bat Pegs

  1. Paper Pumpkin Fall Craft

  1. Spider Garland

  1. Coffee Filter Lollipop Ghosts

  1. Popsicle Stick Ghost Window

By |October 13th, 2016|DIY, General Pop|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Create a Comfy Classroom in Charlotte

Teach For America alum Kaylona Scott (Charlotte ’14) describes her students at Ashley Park Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina as intelligent, outgoing, and charismatic. And as Ms. Park goes into her third year of teaching she hopes to encourage her students to change the world despite the challenges they face in their lives.

“My scholars are faced with huge obstacles that begin outside of school,” she says. “I am often faced with the challenge of creating an environment that is consistent, comfortable, and engaging.”

By |October 12th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|