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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 Dallas Strengthen Their School Community

Teach For America alum Valeria Estrada (Dallas – Fort Worth ’14) is working hard to strengthen her school community and engage students with extracurricular activities. One way she’s doing so is by helping her kids at Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School in Dallas start a school newspaper to keep students, parents, and the community up to date on all the happenings on campus.

“Our students crave opportunities to use technology to create things and share them with their peers and parents,” Ms. Estrada says.

By |February 2nd, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for a Warm, Stylish Winter

Happy Friday, y’all! With winter comes cooler air, and that means one thing—layers! But as you piece together your outfits this winter you may find yourself lacking a few key elements. Whether your wardrobe’s missing a warm jacket or a hip pair of dress pants, TeacherPop is here to help. Check out these deals for a warm, stylish winter!

J.Crew: Take an extra 40% off final sale styles with coupon code GETSHOPPING through Monday.

Gap: Save 35% with coupon code QUICK until midnight.

Banana Republic: Save 40% on regular price items with coupon code BRSTYLE through Monday.

By |January 27th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Math Students in Baltimore Achieve Success

Teach For America alum Julie Oxenhandler (Baltimore ’09) understands math is often a challenging subject for her students at Afya Public Charter Middle School 337 in Baltimore. It can cause stress and anxiety, she says, and sometimes students even develop a negative association with school in general, as a result.

“My students are curious, active, intelligent middle schoolers,” Ms. Oxenhandler says. “They ask a lot of questions, hold themselves to high standards, and want nothing more than to have a positive impact on their school and neighborhood.”

By |January 25th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Looking to kick back this weekend and catch up on some of the most interesting teaching-related articles making waves on the web? Well, TeacherPop has you covered! Check out our latest installment of the best teaching-related reads from the last two weeks.

Check out this episode of Fresh Air featuring journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who discusses the reasons why she made the decision to send her daughter to the public school in her neighborhood. She also wrote about the experience for the New York Times Magazine, and her story was recently nominated for an Ellie award.

By |January 20th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Honor Diverse Cultures in Minnesota

Teach For America alum Kelsey Uribe (Twin Cities ’12) teaches a group of young readers at Hiawatha College Prep who are eager to discuss the books they are reading and reflect on how these stories connect to aspects of their own lives.

To further develop her students’ sense of identity through literature, Ms. Uribe is working hard to build a classroom library filled with a diverse set of books—with titles that will help her students understand multiple perspectives and allow them to see themselves in the stories they are reading. And in preparation for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, she’s hoping to add books that feature AAPI protagonists to the classroom’s collection.

By |January 18th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

Top 17 Pinterest Picks for Active Indoor Learning

Looking for some fun indoor activities to engage your students when the weather’s not cooperating? From classroom classics like Four Corners and Charades to Laundry Basket Skee-Ball, TeacherPop took to Pinterest to find some of the top indoor activities for the classroom. Check out these 17 Pinterest Picks to bring recess indoors this winter season.

  1. Target Golf

  1. Pass the Clap

  1. Make Your Own Play Snow

  1. Number Puzzles

  1. Baby It’s Cold Outside

  1. Laundry Basket Skee-Ball

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Kick Off the New Year in Style

Whether you’re trying refresh your wardrobe with some new, stylish additions this new year—or just want to stay warm, cozy, and comfortable during the winter season—TeacherPop is here to help. Check out these awesome deals to kick off the new year in style!

J.Crew: Take up to 70% off original prices on final sale styles with coupon code SHOPNOW through Sunday.

LOFT: Save 40% on full-price styles—and an extra 60% on sale styles—for a limited time.

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

By |January 13th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Illinois Keep in Tune

As a music teacher, Teach For America alum Amber Kenis (Mississippi ’11) is sharing her own love for music with students at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. And in just four years—since the reintroduction of the music program after an eight-year hiatus—the school’s music program has grown from a small group of 10 students to more than 250.

“These students have set a solid foundation for the program so that it highlights some of the district’s best qualities,” Ms. Kenis says. “They are eager and excited to learn more about music. We just can’t keep them busy!!” (She admits this is a great problem to have, but not the only one they’re facing.)

By |January 12th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|