18 Goal-Driven Classroom Phrases

18 Goal-Driven Classroom Phrases

Do you ever find yourself getting bogged down in the weeds of classroom management? Or even worse, do you find yourself responding to behaviors in the same way every time? At this point in the school year, both you and your students are likely tired of hearing the same old phrases coming from your mouth—and your kids may even tune you out.

Teach For America’s Joanna Lein originally created this handy list of 18 classroom phrases that are also expert multitaskers: They help positively manage classroom behavior, while simultaneously steering your class back to the big picture, your learning goals. Read through the phrases below and add your own in the comments.

How to Engage Students in Designing and Implementing Lesson Plans

How to Engage Students in Designing and Implementing Lesson Plans

What happens when you let your students teach the class? Amazing things! In this lesson plan, learn how to assign students into small groups to design their own teaching plans and subsequently teach those lessons to their classmates. It’s great for reinforcing commonly misunderstood topics in a unit and particularly well-suited for the end of the school year.

According to the lesson’s author, TFA alum Joanna Smith, “students are extremely creative, and may even create better lesson plans than you with fun games, animated PowerPoints, and cool videos. I also found that my students preferred to listen to and learn from their peers than they did from me by the end of the year.”

6 Free Online Classes to Take This Summer

6 Free Online Classes to Take This Summer

Is professional development on your summer bucket list? You’re in luck! There are ample free education classes online, and many start in May and June just as the school year winds down. TeacherPop selected a few of our favorites. Check out these six, self-paced courses and sign up today.

Intro to Student Assessment

As you know, assessment is key. It helps you understand how your teaching approach has helped (or hindered) your students’ achievement and learning goals. This intro course will refine your strategies for using assessment as an essential part of your teaching process.

How to Let Love into the Classroom

6 way to let love into the classroom

The word “love” can get a bad wrap sometimes—either for being overly simplistic, cliché, or even too broad. Yet, when we don’t overthink it and truly accept love for what it is, it can be a catalyst that transforms circumstances. Love is a game changer in the classroom.

Love means acceptance and tolerance. Love means being patient, understanding, and kind. As teachers, we have a special responsibility not only to educate young people, but also to nurture their self esteems and build their characters. The job can’t be done with pedagogy alone.

26 Ways to Be the Best Middle School Teacher—And Have A Life, Too

26 Ways to Be the Best Middle School Teacher—And Have A Life, Too

This week we want to give an extra shout-out to middle school teachers, who often seem like the unsung heroes of unsung heroes. Not only are they tasked with preparing their students for the challenges of high school, but they also manage unique behavioral and social needs as their students move from kiddo to teenager. TeacherPop appreciates you, middle school teachers, and we’ve put together this list of 26 easy ways to rock middle school teaching, while still maintaining your own life and sanity.

5 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated

5 ways to stay motivated

The last two months of school can often feel like the last two miles of a marathon. You have come so far! And yet…you still have to find a way to get across the finish line. With burn out and exhaustion on the forefront, it’s essential to have some tools in your back pocket on those days when you feel like you just can’t make it. Here are five easy ways to help you finish the year strongly.

1. Coffee Mondays

How to Talk to Your Students About Baltimore

How to Talk to Your Students About Baltimore

As the country keeps a watchful eye on the events unfolding in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, debate continues on- and offline about race in America and the role of protest in affecting social change. Your students likely have questions, and though the answers are far from clear, TeacherPop is here to help.

How to Engage Student Senses with Paint Chip Poetry

how to engage student senses with paint chip poetryConfession: In addition to loving #teacherlife, TeacherPop adores all things home improvement. So when those two worlds collide—like they did this week with the Poet Warriors Project’s latest student poems—well, we’re pleased as punch.

Laura Haller’s 2nd grade class at Vanguard Classical School in Colorado experimented with several forms of expression for their Poet Warriors’ curriculum, but their “Painting Words in Colors,” a series of metaphors and similes written on Behr paint chips (like Jared Orta’s to the left) captured our hearts. See more samples of the students’ work and read helpful hints for introducing paint chip poetry to your class.