Pop Links 12.18.14: Effective Teachers; Law School Numbers

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • Do you consider yourself to be an effective teacher? Over winter break, reflect on the 11 Habits of an Effective Teacher.
  • Due to a troubling history of homophobia in school systems, many LGBT teachers feel a need to retreat to the proverbial closet for the hours of day they spend with students and colleagues. An alum writing for the Atlantic speaks to the challenges LGBT teachers face.
  • This fall, law school enrollment reached a historic low. The New York Times explains why a once envied graduate program is seeing its applicant pool dry up.
  • Get rid of your old Jeopardy PowerPoint, and  create fun classroom review games for your students using FlipQuiz!
  • TFANet Resource: Grammar
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Pop Links 12.16.14: Chicago Principal Speaks Out; Social Justice Beyond 9 to 5

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • “I know I speak for every educator who continuously deals with this type of tragedy in saying we are sick and tired of being sick and tired.” A Chicago school principal speaks out against violence after one of her students is murdered while defending his twin brother from a robbery.
  • A Teach For America staff member cautions people working for mission-driven organizations not to let our cubicles insulate us from the realities of the communities we serve. Read her call for more active participation in the movement for social justice beyond the hours of 9 to 5.
  • Looking for cool new information to share with your students? Try Learni.st, a crowdsourced collection of carefully curated content for users of all ages!
  • TFANet Resource: Irony
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Pop Links 12.11.14: Alum Talks STEM; Report on Race & Discipline

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • The Hour of Code is upon us! As an alum gets his students ready to participate in this STEM movement, he examines why many STEM majors often forgo teaching despite the all important role of teachers in the STEM field.
  • Unfortunately for young female students, school punishments often are not race-blind. The New York Times explores how a student’s skin color affects the punishment she receives.
  • Like most people, young high school seniors ready to embark on the next big journey often overlook the fine print when signing off on documents including student loans. A new study shows an overwhelming majority of American students underestimate their student debt burden.
  • Over the next few weeks, just about everyone (including TeacherPop!) will begin to tout their “best of 2014” lists. Join the fun! Look back on the highlights from the past few months with your students with creative collages. Find resources for creating multimedia collages.

Pop Links 12.9.14: Hour of Code, Virtural Science Laboratory

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • To celebrate the beginning of Computer Science Education Week, The White House invited a lucky few students to code with the president and announced POTUS’ plans to get more students coding. Find out how you can get your students involved in the Hour of Code!
  • Recognizing that in many discussions about education, middle school is often overlooked, The United Way launched the Middle Grades Success Challenge to help fund innovative ideas and keep middle schools on track to high school graduation!
  • Science teachers: No need to spend hours prepping in the lab to show your students exciting experiments, Check out the Molecular Workbench, an NSF-funded site that has dozens of interactive models and experiments in bio, chem, and physics!
  • TFANet Resource: Centers
By |December 9th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 12.4.14: 5+ Years of College; Speaking to Students About Garner Case; Educlipper

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

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Pop Links 12.2.14: Single Sex Education; Cost of Fixing Education System; Free USA Today Subscription

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

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Pop Links 11.20.14: Affirmative Action Lawsuit; Early Warning Systems; Geography Games

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers. 

  • Affirmative Action is back in court. On Monday, two of the nation’s prestigious universities, Harvard University and UNC, were hit with lawsuits that challenge their use of affirmative action in admissions. Learn about the new case and why these schools were singled out.
  • To make sure that students do not fall through the cracks, many schools are using student data to create early warning systems. Factors like GPA, attendance, and behavior issues are used to provide extra support for at-risk students.
  • Cap off 2014 Geography Awareness Week with your students by playing one of these fun online geography games! #globalcitizens
  • TFANet Resource: Compare & Contrast
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Pop Links 11.18.14: How Teacher Hiring Affects Black & Latino Students; Texting Parents to Read to Children; Free YES! Magazine Subscription

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