Advice to TFA Corps Members During Their First Year in the Classroom

Lindsey Bailey (Hawai’i ‘12) teaches 3rd grade at Makakilo Elementary School in Makakilo on Oahu.

Calling all new Teach For America corps members! At the start of a new school year, we salute thousands of you as you mark the beginning of an unforgettable experience making a difference in the lives of children. In that spirit, we took to Facebook and Instagram to ask TFA alumni what advice they have for new corps members during their first year in the classroom. Here is a collection of some of our favorite words of wisdom.

On Building Relationships

By |September 15th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Give Students in the Bronx an Artistic Edge

The students at KIPP NYC College Prep High School enjoy a strong music program at their school in the Bronx. And for Teach For America alum Christy Coiro (New York ’10), developing an equally-matched visual arts program for her students—with an Advanced Placement Studio Art class offering for seniors—is a top priority.

“Not only are these students incredibly creative, curious, talented, and hardworking, but they are genuinely kind individuals,” says Ms. Coiro. “The goal of providing them an AP Studio Art is to give them the opportunity to take a rigorous, college-level art class that gets them thinking at a higher level, and also gives them the potential to earn college credits while still in high school!”

By |September 14th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|0 Comments|

Why Getting a Dog Made Me a Better Teacher

Why Getting a Dog Made Me a Better Teacher

After begging my parents for a dog my entire childhood, I finally decided, at the beginning of my second year of teaching, that I was officially an adult, so I adopted my first dog, the most adorable little Yorkie named Sumner. My Pup is 9 years old, small enough to carry in my purse, and the best little cuddle bug. I knew he’d totally change my life, but what I didn’t expect was what a huge positive effect he’d have on my teaching!

Having a dog makes you:

By |September 7th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|0 Comments|

Top 10 Wellness Tips for Teachers

top 10 wellness tips for teachers

Happy September, y’all! Whether you’ve been back in the classroom for a few weeks or are looking forward to the first day of school after Labor Day, it’s never too late to think about self-care and how to establish positive rituals to support your wellbeing during the coming months. We all know teaching is hard, and it’s important to codify a few easy stress-busters that you can count on to keep your mind and body level and strong for yourself and your students.

By |September 1st, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|0 Comments|

5 Ways to Unwind From Teaching

As a teacher, being able to unwind from school is very important. Letting go and disconnecting from the classroom during the summer—and for a few hours each day during the school year—will keep you on top your game when you return to the classroom. (We know a little “me time” goes a long way when you’re a teacher.)

TeacherPop also understands that finding the time and effective ways to disconnect from the classroom can sometimes be challenging. But don’t worry, we’ve come up with a few awesome strategies to unwind from teaching. Check them out below!

Teach.Eat.Repeat. Recipe: Our Favorite Summer Seasonings

Summer is the perfect time for enjoying the outdoors, which means loading up the grill. Below are some of our favorite grilling seasonings—perfect for meat, fish, and veggies. We make these and store them in Tupperware for easy use!

“Sante Fe Special”

This seasoning tastes amazing on meats, and is perfect for taco night or elevating your burgers.

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Classic Tomato Gazpacho

Anna’s husband loves soup. Hard stop. Hot, cold, chunky, puréed — you name it. When it’s hot out, he’ll order gazpacho in any variation. Traditional, fruity, chunky, smooth, appetizer, entrée — it doesn’t matter. Anna, however, has never been a big fan.

She’s not a huge soup person in general. (She likes to chew things, she admits.) Also, the idea of cold soup freaked her out. But every time her husband ordered it, he offered her a bite. When Anna finally tried it, she deemed it “not bad.” Gazpacho slowly crept into a space that no longer scared her.

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Zucchini Taco Boats

Looking for a way to change up Taco Tuesday? Tired of lettuce wraps? Well, you won’t be disappointed with these zucchini taco boats! They pack a little more heft than your typical veggie-wrapped taco because there are so many extra vegetables mixed in. Bring your appetite and enjoy!

What You Need

  • 4 medium zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin