How to Establish a Rules and Consequences System in the Classroom

How to Establish a Rules and Consequences System in the Classroom

This post was adapted from a larger lesson plan by Teach For America alum Rachel Wright.

A healthy rules and consequences system is essential in creating a culture of respect and academic achievement in the classroom. Before embarking on tackling your big learning goals for the year, your students need a chance to internalize rules and consequences, have a chance to see them illustrated or demonstrated, and understand why they’re necessary. Clearly articulated and practiced expectations will help you address behavior issues quickly and consistently so you can spend more time working with students to achieve academic goals. But where do you start? Read our guide to creating a rules and consequences system that sticks.

6 Classroom Ideas for Future Teachers from Your New BFF, Pinterest

classroom ideas for new teachers

For all the new teachers out there, soon you’ll be standing in front of a classroom (if you’re not already) and shaping young minds, at last. It’s going to be great; we promise. You have a lot more support than you think, from fellow teachers, mentors, and even yours truly, TeacherPop. Believe it or not, one of the resources you’ll likely turn to most is Pinterest. The social media site is a treasure trove of teaching resources, includes everything from lesson plans to classroom management guides, and provides a unique opportunity to connect with other teachers who are looking for inspiration.

9 Math Games for the Classroom

9 Math Games for the Classroom

Who says math isn’t fun? TeacherPop loves math just the way it is, but for students who need a bit more encouragement to see math’s best attributes, it helps to get creative. Math teachers are very creative (and know how to have fun!). We dug through the archives to unearth nine math games, courtesy of math teacher and Teach For America alum Emily Mason, to help students practice problems, increase comprehension, and have fun in the classroom.

10 Tough-Love Phrases to Use with Middle School Kids

10 Tough-Love Phrases to Use with Middle School Students

If you teach middle school students, you’ve probably experienced this before: you meet someone, you tell them you’re a teacher, and they say, “Oh cool!  What grade?” You tell them middle school, and they predictably respond, “Why would you do that to yourself?”

It’s no mystery that middle schoolers are at a tough age. They’re discovering themselves, their position in society, their boundaries, and more specifically how to push those boundaries. After teaching them for the past few years, it’s also no mystery to me that they need a lot of love.

8 Books to Use When You’re Teaching Punctuation

8 Books to Use When You’re Teaching Punctuation

TeacherPop doesn’t advocate breaking the rules too often, but it’s a truism around here that you have to know the rules before you can break them. This is especially apt for our good friend grammar and his cousin, punctuation.

When you’re teaching punctuation to early writers, TeacherPop suggests calling in some reinforcements, namely picture books, to supplement your lesson plan. These books will help your students engage with a tricky topic, while reinforcing the correct use of the period, comma, exclamation point, question mark, and more. Check out our eight favorite books to use when you’re teaching punctuation, and why we love them.

GoQuest™ Project Summer Provides Free Learning Software, Chance to Win Prizes

GoQuest™ Project Summer Provides Free Learning Software, Chance to Win Prizes

As summer vacation has officially started for most students, one major concern among teachers and educators is summer learning loss. To help encourage continued student development in June, July, and August, Compass Learning, an ed-tech developer, is providing free inquiry- and project-based software to educators as part of its GoQuest™ Project Summer program.

GoQuest’s student-centered tools facilitate strategic inquiry and critical thinking to help combat summer learning loss and encourage the development of real-world skills, including collaboration, creativity, and communication.

5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in the Classroom

5 ways to celebrate Pride Month in the classroom

I always remember the day that we talked about gay marriage in class. It was ninth grade, and I was deeply in the closet and in the throes of self-hate. When my teacher brought it up, I felt every beat of my heart and slumped down in my chair so I didn’t seem “too interested” in the discussion. Yet hearing my teacher and my classmates discuss LGBTQ rights, not as a bad thing, but because it was important to discuss, was incredible.

14 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Your School’s Culture

14 Ways to Immerse Yourself in School Culture

As summer school kicks off in the next few weeks, thousands of teachers are embarking on careers in new schools and adjusting to life in new communities. That’s a whole lotta “new.” First things first, teachers: be patient. It takes time to adjust to any life change, especially when it involves both your career and your living situation. The great news is you will adjust, but there’s a catch: you must commit to your new community and get to know your school’s culture in order to feel truly at home and be the best teacher you can be. Read 14 ways to immerse yourself in your new school’s culture.