Crowdfunding for the Classroom: DonorsChoose and PledgeCents

Crowdfunding for the Classroom: If your ideas to enhance learning in your classroom require funding or supplies, there are two teacher-centered crowdsourcing platforms that can help. Find out a bit more about PledgeCents and DonorsChoose, so you have what you need to start the school year!

Do you have an idea to engage your students through a hands-on art project? Have you been hoping to expand technology access in your classroom, or take your students to a live theater performance?

If one of your ideas to enhance learning in your classroom requires funding or supplies, there are two teacher-centered crowdsourcing platforms that can help. Let’s find out a bit more about PledgeCents and DonorsChoose, so you have what you need to start the school year!

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9 Ways Over 9 Months to Create Time for Yourself as a New Teacher

9 Ways Over 9 Months to Create Time for Yourself as a New Teacher -- Whether you’re starting your first teaching job, or coming back with a little experience under your belt, congratulations! Our profession has infinite potential for positive impact. But with potential comes one common hazard: not creating time for yourself.

Whether you’re starting your first teaching job, or coming back with a little experience under your belt, congratulations! Our profession has infinite potential for positive impact. But with potential comes one common hazard: not creating time for yourself. Take it from me, a 15-year veteran who almost didn’t make it past her first couple of years in the classroom.

How to Prepare for the First Day of School

How to Prepare for the First Day of School -- 6 tips for planning for the first day in the classroom for new teachers.

As a new teacher, my professional development focused on being student-centered. I wanted to make the students in my classroom as self-sufficient as possible, so after hearing my principal talk about the importance of group work, collaboration, and instructional strategies to use in the classroom, I decided to put these ideas into practice on the first day of school. I had the brilliant plan to make the reading of the student handbook fun and exciting by putting students into groups to read part of the handbook, discuss it together, and then present it to the class. It was a disaster. Even with the best intentions, I could have put these strategies to work much more effectively had I taken some time to get my footing in between Institute and my first day. You don’t have to make the mistakes I did. Here are six things you can do to prepare to teach on the first day of school.

5 Goals for the First 8 Weeks of School

5 Goals for the First Eight Weeks of School--Whether you're entering your second or third year of teaching, or tackling your first, here are five goals for the first eight weeks.

Teaching is sometimes like being in a room with a bunch of ticking time bombs. On the outside, my students were absolutely adorable. But deep down there were any number of things that could send them into a meltdown. Further, once my students fully understood our daily routine, they knew where they could manipulate their unsuspecting teacher.

I don’t know how I survived last year.

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5 Positive Classroom Management Strategies to Avoid Student Referrals

5 Positive Classroom Management Strategies to Avoid Referrals: Teachers, once students leave your classroom, your ability to help them disappears. Learn five techniques to help you incorporate positive behavior interventions. | TeacherPop.org

There were many occasions last year when my solution to a behavioral problem was to send the student out of the classroom or to an administrator. Sure, that student was no longer a disruption, but as the year wore on, I realized there were a number of problems with the strategy.

5 Behavior Systems for Elementary School Students

5 Behavior Systems for Elementary Students

Today we’re revisiting some sound classroom management advice adapted from a piece by Teach For America alum Sara Kock. Check out Sara’s five tried-and-true behavior systems and the positives and negatives associated with each tracker.

These trackers are incentive based and work with a school’s incentive system that gives SOAR dollars for positive choices, academic achievement, and attendance. SOAR stands for Show Responsibility, Overcome Obstacles, Act Courteous, Respect Yourself and Others. Students can use the SOAR dollars to buy things, from stickers to skateboards, at the school store.

6 Creative Ways to Group Elementary Students for Activity Work

6 Ways to Group Elementary Students for Activity Work

Looking for creative ways to group your elementary students for class activities? The following post is adapted from a list of strategies developed by Teach For America alum and staff member Alice Chen. It includes fun ways of grouping children, or asking them to contribute to a class discussion, to introduce a new activity or break up long periods of work with some movement.

1. Picture and Word Jigsaws

3 Teaching Taboos: How to Address Tricky Situations in the Classroom

Teaching Taboos: How to Address Tricky Situations in the Classroom

As a new teacher, situations will arise that require some delicate moral option-weighing. There are no answers to these questions in Teach Like a Champion, but part of learning to be a good teacher is tackling difficult situations inside and out of the classroom. Here are some common “teaching taboos,” and advice on how to handle them.

1. Changing a student’s grades