7 Alternatives to a Classroom Website

If you’ve created a website for your classroom, you know how helpful it is to have all your content organized in one convenient and accessible space. You probably also enjoy how easy it is to keep your students informed and engage parents with just a few clicks of a mouse.

But with a website comes maintenance and worry that students and parents aren’t utilizing it to its full potential. If your digital classroom is due for a much-needed overhaul, TeacherPop has come up with a few platforms and services to consider. Check out these seven alternatives to a classroom website, all of which will help you connect with your students on a deeper level.

By |December 12th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 7 Alternatives to a Classroom Website|

3 Ways to Be Firm When You’re an Easygoing Teacher

If you consider yourself an easygoing teacher, you may be wondering how you can be both “easygoing” and “firm” at the same time. First, it’s important to remember that being firm isn’t a personality trait, but a skill employed to effectively manage a classroom. Being firm when the time calls for it will you allow you to create an environment where your easygoing nature fully supports your students.

For teachers looking to cultivate a firm approach to classroom management while staying true to their laid-back nature, TeacherPop recommends these three tips for learning and student success.

By |December 6th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Be Firm When You’re an Easygoing Teacher|

4 Ways to Support Students After the Election

As we all grapple with the conclusion of Election 2016, your students may be feeling scared, sad, confused, or just plain uncertain about what the future may hold. This election season was divisive and difficult, and the stress of its tumultuous end can have a tremendous effect on your students’ health and well-being. So, how can teachers support all their students, and maintain a healthy environment in the classroom during this uncertain time?

Here are a few tips teachers should consider to support students following this most recent election cycle:

By |November 17th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 4 Ways to Support Students After the Election|

Resources for Teaching Thanksgiving with Indigenous Perspectives

In the spirit of equity, I wanted to share a few resources to help teach Thanksgiving in the classroom. These resources will help you incorporate a wider perspective of the holiday by including ideas and celebrations from Native American cultures. This year, look beyond the feather headdresses and native symbols of indigenous cultures. By studying the traditions that laid the foundation for Thanksgiving, you can help your students gain a deeper understanding of this holiday of gratitude.

By |November 16th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on Resources for Teaching Thanksgiving with Indigenous Perspectives|

How to Create Cohesion Between Lesson Plans

Whether you’re teaching a group of students once a week or every day, cohesion between lessons is critical. The start of each lesson isn’t a time to reset, but an opportunity to build upon what was learned the previous class period.

When working to create cohesion between lesson plans, try thinking of your lessons as legs of a journey. You have your point of origin and you know your destination—it’s up to you to determine your route on this academic road trip.

Create a roadmap.

By |November 4th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Create Cohesion Between Lesson Plans|

8 Teacher Podcasts for Professional Development and Motivation

Looking to catch up on the latest news and ideas on the education front? Or just need a little boost of encouragement? Well, look no further than this lineup of podcasts, perfect for teachers looking to expand their skills and help students find success on their educational journey.

  1. The Cult of Pedagogy

This podcast from Jennifer Gonzalez is an awesome resource for teachers. From teaching strategies to classroom management, Jennifer covers it all.

  1. Truth for Teachers

By |October 20th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 8 Teacher Podcasts for Professional Development and Motivation|

How to Teach the Election in Your Classroom

Even though they’re too young to cast a ballot this election cycle, many students already have their minds made up about this election. Ads for candidates are showing up online and on television; yard signs and billboards in support of candidates and ballot measures line roadways on your students’ drives to school; and presidential debates and stories on the candidates are the focus of much of the media’s news coverage. With just a few weeks left until Election Day, and early voting ramping up across the country, students are set to be inundated with campaign coverage, and as their teacher, you’ll have to help them process all this information.

By |October 19th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Teach the Election in Your Classroom|

10 Ways to Secure Your Students’ Attention

You probably already have a few tricks up your sleeve to retain and regain your students’ attention. But TeacherPop lives to add new tips and tools to your teacher tool belt, especially when it comes to wrangling focus back to the lesson or task at hand. Check out these 10 ways to secure your students’ attention, and before you know it, you’ll have all eyes and ears on you!

  1.  Be clear.
By |October 6th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Secure Your Students’ Attention|