DonorsChoose Pick: Help Build Interactive Notebooks in North Carolina

“I want to push innovation in my classroom, to see these new high school students thrive,” says Teach For America corps member Matthew Killian (North Carolina Piedmont Triad ’15).

Mr. Killian teaches a diverse group of ninth-graders at Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, North Carolina. Although they come from varied backgrounds—including both rural and urban areas—his students all crave learning in a unique way.

How to Keep Students On-Task While Using Workstations

Workstations or centers—however you refer to them, they can provide students with an engaging way to learn independently. However, when we release some students to stations and begin to pull other students to work with us in small groups, we sometimes find that our students at stations lose focus. At some point, every child needs a reminder to remain on-task, and you can address this with behavior narration and by designating a station manager from among your students.

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Savor Summer in Style

Another summer weekend is upon us, and we here at TeacherPop couldn’t be more excited! Sure, the start of school is fast approaching, but there’s still plenty of time for beach days, camping trips, and basking by the pool—all of which should be done in style. Check out these deals to savor summer in style.

H&M: Mix and match basics, two for $10 for a limited time.

Nike: Take an extra 20% off clearance items with coupon code BTS20 through Tuesday.

By |August 12th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

5 Teaching Tips to Make Your Students Better Writers

Writing can be difficult, even for those who do it regularly, whether it’s for a living or for personal fulfillment. Coming up with a thought-provoking and original piece requires time, patience, and practice to hone the right skills.

Teaching writing to others can be just as much of a challenge. This is especially true when we’re passing these skills on to young learners who are still finding their way. However, this is also the perfect opportunity to instill in students a genuine love for writing that can last for the rest of their lives.

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Maryland Aspire to STEM Careers

“Our school’s community is well behind in technology for the advancement of our students,” says Teach For America alum Aaron Cardwell (DC Region ’15). But despite this setback, Mr. Cardwell’s math students at Glenn Dale Elementary School in Glenn Dale, Maryland, still hope to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Understanding that exposure to technology is essential for students interested in pursuing these careers, Mr. Cardwell has turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase an interactive whiteboard for his classroom. He currently uses a dry-erase board for daily instruction, but he believes the new technology will enable his students to develop their presentation skills and better solve, analyze, and explain abstract mathematical concepts.

12 Essential Apps for Classroom Organization

Are you having a hard time managing your classroom or tech-savvy students? Make your work easier with the following 12 apps for classroom organization.

Notebooks

1. Evernote is an Android or iOS application that enables you to share the notes stored on your notebook with your class. Students will have an easier task of accessing the files whenever they need to, while you’ll be able to reach out to students when you feel the need to. Free download from GooglePlay, iTunes

Weekend Sales: 10 Gold Medal Deals of Summer

The Summer Olympics begin this weekend, and awesome deals abound for savvy teachers. Whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe in time for back-to-school, or in search of those final few items to tie your home together, TeacherPop has just what you need. Check out these 10 gold medal deals of summer and let the games begin!

JCPenney: Take up to 25% off with coupon code 4SALE through Saturday.

J.Crew: Save 40% on final sale styles with coupon code ADDTOBAG through Sunday.

By |August 5th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

4 Time-Management Tips for New Teachers

For new teachers, time is a precious resource. While there’s no way to create more hours in the day, there are ways that you, as a new teacher, can get the most out of the time you have.

Being able to manage time effectively will not only make you a better teacher, it will enhance your quality of life outside the classroom, too. So it’s important to have a few tools at your disposal in order to make the most of your time. Check out these time-management tips for new teachers, and before you know it, time will be back on your side!