How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

One of the rules in my third grade classroom is respect your school, classmates, and others. When I introduce this concept in the beginning of the school year, I do not simply state the rule and then expect my students to follow through automatically. There is work between introducing the rule of respect in my classroom and actually seeing students demonstrate that respect.

When it comes to classroom management, I always say never assume. Never assume that your students know what you mean when you say, “show respect.” You must always be clear and specific.

Happy National Reading Awareness Month

When you think of childhood, a few household characters might ring a bell: Dr. Seuss’s Cat in a Hat, Rainbow Fish, and that mouse that wanted a cookie. As a primary classroom teacher, my job is to instill literacy in young minds and to expose children to diverse texts. The ultimate goal? To turn them into life-long learners.

Unfortunately, the reality of education is that these texts do not always make it into the classroom. For many of my students attending a Title I school, these texts do not always make it into their homes either. A need and a love of literacy is not being met for our youngest and most at-risk learners.

By |March 29th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on Happy National Reading Awareness Month|

How to Support LGBTQ Students in the Classroom

How to support LGBTQ students in the classroom

On February 22, guidance from the Obama Administration that supported an interpretation of gender as inclusive of gender identity, was reversed by our current administration. As director of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community Initiative, I know how troubling and concerning this news has been for many teachers and especially the LGBTQ students and families you serve across our regions.

By |March 9th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Support LGBTQ Students in the Classroom|

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for the Classroom

5 spring cleaning tips for the classroom

Spring break is here (or almost here), and while you’re likely ready to enjoy life outside of school, it’s also the perfect time to tidy up the classroom. If you’re like me, by this time of year, nothing in your classroom is where it really belongs, and there are papers from August collecting dust. Here are five spring cleaning tips to help you reorganize and get ready to finish off the year strong.

1. Get rid of things.

By |March 8th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 5 Spring Cleaning Tips for the Classroom|

8 Ways to Support Muslim Students and Push Back Against Islamophobia

8 Ways to Support Muslim Students

Anti-Muslim sentiment and hate crimes have reached an all-time high. The recent executive order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations bears a frightening parallel to the Chinese Exclusion Act and calls us to never forget the glaring injustice of Japanese American internment during WWII. This Islamophobia is not new, though how brazen people feel in explicitly embracing Islamophobic attitudes and policies does feel different. Muslims across racial lines are sharing their stories, speaking to how they are experiencing this current moment at the intersections of their identities, and calling us all to take action.

By |February 17th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 8 Ways to Support Muslim Students and Push Back Against Islamophobia|

45 Books to Honor Black History Month in the Classroom

Wondering which books to introduce to your class to help your students learn more about the contributions and achievements of black Americans this Black History Month? Well, Teach For America alum Kelsey Uribe (Twin Cities ‘12) is here to help with an extensive list of books tailored for this special time of year!

Her list of titles below—featuring both word count and Lexile level—range from narrative free verse poetry to graphic novels so it’s easy for teachers to choose just the right books. Check out Kelsey’s list of 45 books to honor Black History Month in the classroom!

By |February 2nd, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 45 Books to Honor Black History Month in the Classroom|

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

By |January 17th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on Top 17 Pinterest Picks for Active Indoor Learning|

Top World History Resources for the Classroom

 Whether you’re looking to kick your lesson planning into high gear or just need a few extra fun factoids and anecdotes to cap off your world history curriculum this school year, TeacherPop has a few suggestions to make the history of the world even more interesting for your students. Check out these top world history resources to keep your students at the edge of their seats!

SHEG’s World History Lessons

By |January 11th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on Top World History Resources for the Classroom|