Last month, during testing season, stress levels are at an all-time high—for my 8th graders and their teacher. So when a student stopped doing his homework, I stopped letting him into my classroom. He sat on the floor in the hallway and moped, while I circulated with the other 24 students in my classroom and let my emotions stew. And then we both went home angry.
What happens when you let your students teach the class? Amazing things! In this lesson plan, learn how to assign students into small groups to design their own teaching plans and subsequently teach those lessons to their classmates. It’s great for reinforcing commonly misunderstood topics in a unit and particularly well-suited for the end of the school year.
According to the lesson’s author, TFA alum Joanna Smith, “students are extremely creative, and may even create better lesson plans than you with fun games, animated PowerPoints, and cool videos. I also found that my students preferred to listen to and learn from their peers than they did from me by the end of the year.”
Brown Baggin’ It is our weekly food blog brought to you by TeachEatRepeat. Each week, these Brooklyn-based teachers present their favorite recipes for workday lunches.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! These spinach stuffed chicken breasts are easy to prepare, great sliced in a salad, or perfect rolled up in a lettuce wrap as a sammie. They are jam-packed with healthy greens and are great to make for dinner and bring to school as leftovers. If you’re not dairy-sensitive, feel free to add a sprinkle of mozzarella and parmesan for a cheesy kick!
Everyone warned me upon graduation that budgeting my finances as a post-grad and new teacher is difficult and challenging. I took their advice with caution and prepared myself as much as I could for the financial reality of being a rural, public school teacher. Although my financial situation may differ from other new teachers (I do have a hefty amount of student loans!), here are a few tips and ideas I have for budgeting smartly, saving for the future, and feeling financially stable in your first few years as a teacher or recent graduate.
Congrats, teachers, another week in the bank, and you’re one step closer to summer break. If you’re ready to throw your teacher wardrobe to the curb for a bit and get casual with sandals and tees, we have some discounts you’ll want to see. Let’s go summer!
Reliable shoe dudes Steve Madden are making our sandal dreams a reality with an extra 25% off and free shipping. Be sure to use code FRIENDS at checkout.
Is professional development on your summer bucket list? You’re in luck! There are ample free education classes online, and many start in May and June just as the school year winds down. TeacherPop selected a few of our favorites. Check out these six, self-paced courses and sign up today.
As you know, assessment is key. It helps you understand how your teaching approach has helped (or hindered) your students’ achievement and learning goals. This intro course will refine your strategies for using assessment as an essential part of your teaching process.
“Students at Chavez Prep work hard,” writes 6th grade teacher and TFA alum Mrs. B. She isn’t overstating the case. Mrs. B’s students at Chavez Prep in Washington, D.C., complete four hours of intensive reading and math every day. To complement its rigorous coursework, the school is creating an art program to help foster its students’ creativity. Mrs. B writes:
With just a few weeks left in the school year, and summer plans in the works, we thought it was a great time to revisit some advice from TeacherPop’s mental health expert, Janna Miller. See how she recommends boosting your mental well-being during the next few months.