8 Ways to Check for Student Understanding

8 Ways to Check for Student Understanding

Compelling explanations on complicated topics may result in some engaged, nodding heads from your students, but overall class comprehension can sometimes be difficult to measure. There are several ways to be assured your students are understanding the information you’re delivering. (And they don’t require any mind reading—just a bit of time and extra planning!)

Try these eight strategies to check for understanding during your next lesson.

Interactive notebooks

By |September 16th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

4 Ways New Teachers Can Calm Their Nerves

For new teachers there are normal first-day jitters, and there are more persistent jitters that tag along on your morning commute for the first few weeks or months of the school year. By now, you’ve survived your first day of teaching. But as a new teacher, you still might be facing a few common anxieties that need a good, old-fashioned kick to the curb.

No matter what’s at the root of your newbie jitters, TeacherPop has a few sound tactics to put them in their place. Check out these four ways new teachers can calm their school-day nerves.

By |September 14th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

How to Engage Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP)

How to Engage Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP)

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to facilitate the training of more than 40 new teachers preparing to enter the profession. My role in their development was to facilitate training in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Much of what we investigated over the summer allowed us to engage the concept of culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP). So, naturally, one of the questions a teacher posed to me was: how do I do CRP?

Facebook Live With Sarah Brown Wessling: New Teachers Edition

Happy Monday, new teachers! By now you’re all settled into your classroom and focused on helping your kids achieve educational success. But, as you find yourselves in the early stages of this exciting journey, you probably have a lot of unanswered questions.

Well, you’re in luck! Teacher2Teacher, a community of teachers out to “solve the big problems that no one can solve alone,” has organized an awesome event for new teachers to ask those important questions and receive the support they need.

By |September 12th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

5 Ways to Embrace Your First Year of Teaching

As a new teacher, your first year leading the classroom will be full of excitement. It will also be a whirlwind! Before you know it, you’ll be wishing your students a fond farewell for summer and sending them off on the next leg of their educational journey. By the time June rolls around, you may be asking yourself, “Where did the time go?”

Luckily, TeacherPop has a few strategies to help you get the most out of this exciting time and the future to follow. Check out these five tips to help fully embrace your first year of teaching!

By |September 9th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

The First Lady Wants to Help Your Students Go to and Graduate From College

In your classroom this week, ask your students to take out their phones and start texting. Unusual, I know—normally you’re doing everything in your power to keep them from texting. But this week, ask them to take out their phones, and tell them to text “COLLEGE” to 44044. Here’s why.

By |September 8th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

How Reflecting on Your Own Experience as a Student Will Make You a Better Teacher

For new and experienced teachers alike, taking time during the school year to reflect on your own experience as a student is a great way to improve as a teacher. Often, it’s easy to forget that in order to become a teacher, you have to navigate life as a student. And your experience as a student can be instrumental in impacting lives as a teacher.

Two Reasons to Incorporate Social Media Into Your Teaching

Though social media is relatively new in the world of technology, it has the potential to be a powerful tool in the classroom. And as with any educational tool—that wasn’t necessarily developed with the classroom in mind—the intentions behind its use are key when it comes to it having a positive impact on your students.

While social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram are a popular means for your students to connect with one another, they won’t replace the face-to-face communication your classroom elicits. But social media is much more than a way to communicate—it’s a valuable tool that can be used to give your curriculum and lessons greater depth and expand the minds of your students.