Feedback Is the #1 Driver of Student Learning

This post by Classkick’s Director of Teacher Happiness, Laura Litton, originally appeared on Medium

The biggest lever for increasing student learning is facilitating great feedback. At Classkick, we have been solely focused on this task for two years and I’d like to share my three most important learnings about helping students learn:

  1. Establish procedures

Students feel safer when classroom expectations are created, practiced, and enforced. Without established routines, nothing works. If you and your students have different expectations about classroom behavior, frustration ensues.

By |October 10th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Wondering what you might have missed on the education front this week? Well, TeacherPop put together some of the most thought-provoking and inspiring stories and articles from the web in one handy post. Check out this biweekly review of teaching-related reads to dig into this weekend!

Teach For America alum Clint Smith (D.C. Region ’11) takes a hard look at segregation within Charlotte’s public school system and the resulting racial tensions plaguing the city that have fueled protests following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. His essay for The New Yorker offers powerful insight on the role of education in dismantling inequities.

By |October 7th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

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.

12 Energy Boosters for Busy Teachers

12 Energy Boosters for Busy Teachers

Last year, the fine folks at Thrive Market helped you stay awake a little bit longer by giving you the scoop on healthy alternatives to your morning cup of Joe. We’re revisiting their helpful hints—because, really, trusty pick-me-ups never go out of style—and adding a few of our favorite snacks to lift your mood and energy.

Almonds (or really any kind of nuts)

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Make Young Readers Laugh in Berkeley

The kids at Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, California love to read. They also love to laugh.

“We check out over 600 books a week,” Emerson Elementary librarian and Teach For America alum Zoe Uran Williams (Greater New Orleans ’95) says. “The library is a vibrant place where kids are able to find books that reflect their interests and tastes. We want everyone to find a book they love every time they visit the library.”

11 Bands to Add to Your Classroom’s Playlist

Incorporating music into classroom study sessions is a great way to reduce distractions and help your students focus on the task at hand. Instrumental music especially, when played at a soft volume, will create an even more comfortable classroom environment for your students that will only aid in their concentration. And depending on the musicians you choose to play, adding a bit of background noise while students work independently will get those creative juices flowing and rejuvenate not only your students, but you, too!

By |October 4th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Expand Your Role in STEM and Become a STEM Teacher Leader

Are you a teacher of science, technology, engineering, or math interested in becoming a leader in STEM? Thanks to a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education and a passionate group of STEM stakeholders and experts, becoming a STEM leader and providing high-quality STEM education to all students has never been easier!

Building STEM Teacher Leadership is an awesome new resource that addresses the most pressing issues in STEM education today. It serves as a valuable tool for educators looking for targeted information and best practices in all things STEM, and is a great resource to learn STEM-focused approaches to teacher leadership development and discover inspiring stories of STEM teacher leadership in action.

By |October 3rd, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Celebrate All Things Fall

We’re making the big transition into October this weekend, and TeacherPop couldn’t be more pumped for what’s ahead! With so much to look forward to this month (and fall season)—pumpkins, vibrant fall colors, and of course, the tricks and treats of Halloween—we thought it appropriate to round up some of the most awesome sales and discounts from our favorite retailers to honor the occasion. So what are you waiting for? Check out these deals to welcome October and celebrate all things fall!

By |September 30th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|