DonorsChoose Pick: Help Create a Dramatic Play Area in Chicago

Teach For America alum Jenna Klotz (Houston ’09) is working hard to create an engaging classroom experience for her kindergartners at Pershing Humanities Magnet School in Chicago—one that will prepare her students for first grade.

With a diverse group of students who love to come to school and share a passion for learning, Ms. Klotz understands the importance of providing a classroom environment that’s filled with enrichment. And one way she has set out to do this is by creating a dramatic play area for her students.

By |January 4th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

Happy Holidays from TeacherPop

Girl and other students holiday message

Winter break is here! Congratulations on wrapping up an excellent semester, teachers. You are an amazing, inspiring lot.

TeacherPop is taking a break, too, and this will be our last post of the year. We look forward to seeing you all back here in 2017. Happy holidays!!

 

By |December 22nd, 2016|General Pop, Take a Break|Comments Off on Happy Holidays from TeacherPop|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Create a Comfy Floor Space for Students in Louisiana

Teach For America alum Samantha Slim (South Louisiana ’11) teaches a group of inquisitive third graders that are always on the hunt for knowledge.

“They come from backgrounds that are often challenging and overwhelming,” Ms. Slim says of her students from Rosenwald Elementary School in New Roads, Louisiana. “However, each day they are looking forward to learning and exploring.”

By |December 21st, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Create a Comfy Floor Space for Students in Louisiana|

20 Books to Read Over the Holiday Break

For teachers, the holiday break means some much-deserved “me time.” And we all know there’s no better way to spend these few weeks away from the classroom than with a good book! Whether you’re looking for a read that will transport you to another world while cozied up on the couch, or one that will deepen your knowledge on public policy, TeacherPop has put together a winter reading list with something for every teacher. Check out these 20 books to read over the holiday break.

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5 Ways to Show Up as a New Teacher

5 ways to show up as a new teacher

As many of you finish up your first semester as Teach For America corps members, you’re likely reflecting on the past few months, lessons learned, and how you intend to adjust your approach in the New Year. Many things have changed since I was a corps member, but I’d love to pass on some of my lessons learned. I’ve focused my advice around my general life philosophy, which is to “show up.” Here are five ways you can show up as a new teacher.

Show up for your learning.

By |December 19th, 2016|General Pop, Personal Perspectives|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Show Up as a New Teacher|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

If you’re looking for a few teaching-related reads to kick back with between holiday shopping outings this weekend, TeacherPop has you covered. Check out our latest installment of the best teaching-related stories and articles from the last two weeks.

“Students now feel that this is a place that they really want to be in. They take pride in their school. They take pride in the environment.” NPR reports on the positive impact art is having on schools in Miami.

By |December 16th, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on 7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in New Orleans Express Their Creativity

The students at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak in New Orleans, Louisiana live and breathe creativity. And their teacher, Teach For America alum Leslie Goldberg (Mississippi Delta ’10), understands just how important a role the arts play in the lives of her students.

“Art and music are a way of life here,” Ms. Goldberg says, “and infusing it into our schools honors our community and gives our students a chance to express themselves and become woven into the fabric of our city.”

By |December 14th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in New Orleans Express Their Creativity|

2016 Is Testing Us. Here’s How to Get An A.

White flower peeking through stone

For most, this has been a challenging year. The past 12 months have been in our face, a barrage of tweets, blogs, sensational headlines, and viral videos.  Violence seems everywhere: racial profiling, terrorist attacks, the murder of policemen, peaceful protests met with aggression, and hate crimes on the rise. Vitriolic partisan stalemates and election stress have only made things worse. And if that isn’t enough, this year has had 15 large-scale disasters and another record-breaking global temperature high. All of this can leave us feeling stressed, traumatized, anxious, or depressed.

By |December 13th, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on 2016 Is Testing Us. Here’s How to Get An A.|