April Is National Poetry Month! 30 Days of Poetry Starters for Every Classroom

bookletApril is National Poetry Month, and no matter what you teach,  you can transform the first five minutes of every class into an empowering, issues-packed, discussion-based, poetry-friendly space.

In 30 Days of Poet Warriors: Young, Diverse Students, Writing for Change, I have compiled 30 poems and 16 videos by first-time poets and students that address race, immigration, moms, Michael Brown, and more.

7 Tips for Managing a Classroom Like a Boss

teacher and studentMore than half of teaching includes classroom management. If you can run a classroom efficiently, the opportunities for kids to learn are endless. Check out these 7 tips for managing a classroom like a boss, adapted from a longer article, 101 Tips for a First Year Teacher, by Teach For America alums Emily and Maggie Pettit.

How to Appear Confident in the Classroom

16146506965_eb1abf824a_kIf you find yourself struggling to maintain your confidence in a classroom full of rowdy students, congratulations! You are completely normal. The good news is you can appear confident even if you’re not feeling it all the time. Let’s take a trip back to 2010 and a post written by TeacherPop writer Molly Eigen. She shares three solid principles to help you act confident and keep your class on track.

5 Ways to Stay Grounded as a Floating Teacher

teachersThe following post has been adapted from a longer article by Sarada Peri called “Systems That Work in a System That Doesn’t: Managing a Secondary Classroom.”

Advantages and disadvantages of being a floating teacher—or one who doesn’t have his or her own classroom and depends on the rooms of others—abound. On one hand, you will never have to put up or take down a classroom. On the other, you never have your own space and need to adjust your plans to suit the teacher in whose room you are teaching. It is definitely possible to be a successful floating teacher. Check out our five tips for staying organized.

Top 10 Spring Pinterest Picks for the Classroom

Spring is in the air! We’re celebrating this weekend’s much-anticipated change of seasons by going all in for spring activities—gardening, science experiments, crafts, you name it. Of course, we couldn’t resist turning to Pinterest to round up our top 10 spring picks for the classroom. Check them out below, and don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for many more creative ideas for your chickadees.

1. 25 Creative Bulletin Boards

spring bulletin board

How to Teach History with an Advertising Major

teachBefore I became a history teacher, I didn’t know much about history. But eight short months later everything has changed. Students often walk into my classroom and ask the very simple question, “What are you teaching us today?” The more accurate question, though, is: “What are we learning today?”

19 Essential Materials that Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom

school suppliesBy now, most first-year teachers know that school budgets vary widely for classroom materials. Some schools provide basic supplies, but those materials are likely dwindling during this last stretch of the school year. TeacherPop recommends keeping a few essential things on hand to make your life easier as we march toward summer break. Check out these 19 materials that every teacher needs in the classroom.

3 Ways to Tackle Your Lesson Plans in Advance

AleOrtega.2014.122Wouldn’t it be amazing if you had all of your lesson plans mapped out for the rest of the year? A girl can dream. In fact, TeacherPop is dreaming so big that we’ve stepped into our time machine to revisit an old blog by Andrea Janssen about long-term lesson planning. Sometimes you have to take a few steps back to move forward, teachers, and Andrea’s advice stands the test of time. Learn how to avoid school night meltdowns with these three smart ways to tackle your lesson plans in advance.