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5 Spring Cleaning Tips for the Classroom

5 spring cleaning tips for the classroom

Spring break is here (or almost here), and while you’re likely ready to enjoy life outside of school, it’s also the perfect time to tidy up the classroom. If you’re like me, by this time of year, nothing in your classroom is where it really belongs, and there are papers from August collecting dust. Here are five spring cleaning tips to help you reorganize and get ready to finish off the year strong.

1. Get rid of things.

By |March 8th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 5 Spring Cleaning Tips for the Classroom|

5 Ways to Ensure the Lessons of Standing Rock Are Not Forgotten

5 Ways to Ensure the Lessons of Standing Rock Are Not Forgotten

Amid the recent executive order expediting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation, teachers inside and outside the community must continue to engage their students and reflect on both its impact and historical context.

The movement to protect the sacred lands of the Oceti Sakowin (the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota Nations) not only united a network of tribal nations and allies, but also sparked long overdue—and sometimes difficult—discussions on a multitude of complex issues, including environmental protection, tribal sovereignty, racial oppression, privilege, and access to power.

By |March 6th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Ensure the Lessons of Standing Rock Are Not Forgotten|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re looking to take some time this weekend to catch up on the latest teaching-related news from the last two weeks, TeacherPop has you covered. Check out these seven teacher reads for the weekend!

“We know that when teachers, parents, communities, and the culture at large hold negative stereotypes (including low academic expectations) of minority-group members, and don’t positively affirm cultural diversity, their performance suffers.” The Atlantic takes a look at the opportunity gap.

By |March 3rd, 2017|General Pop, Take a Break|Comments Off on 7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Arkansas Hit One Out of the Park

Three years ago, Teach For America alum Chelsea Henderson (Arkansas ’13) wanted to provide a safe after-school outlet for her students at Earle High School in Arkansas, so she started a pick-up baseball league.

The league offers students a safe place to go after school that emphasizes health, teamwork, and self-discipline, and has become wildly popular in three short years—growing from six boys playing catch, to two full junior varsity and varsity teams. But with such a high level of interest, Ms. Henderson finds herself unable to provide her players with all the equipment they need to take the field.

By |March 2nd, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Arkansas Hit One Out of the Park|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Help Make Way for Spring

We still may be in the throes of winter, but spring is right around the corner! And there’s no better time than now to prep for the blossoming flowers, warm weather, and all-around awesomeness the new season has in store. Check out these 10 deals to help make way for spring and welcome it in style!

J.Crew: Save up to $50—and enjoy free shipping—on denim until midnight tonight.

Old Navy: Take up to 50% off all jeans for a limited time.

By |February 24th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Help Make Way for Spring|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in the Bronx Program Their Robot

Teach For America alum Carolyn Gisondi (New York ’08) teaches a diverse group of students at PS 86 Kingsbridge Heights in the Bronx. Though the backgrounds of her students differ—with many hailing from Central and South America, and some as far away as Bangladesh—they always come together and work as one to achieve their goals, Mrs. Gisondi says.

This year, Mrs. Gisondi’s class is participating in a new initiative aimed at providing high-quality computer science education to students in New York City—Computer Science For All—and will work as a team to test their programming skills.

By |February 22nd, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in the Bronx Program Their Robot|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

From an innovative start-up looking to revolutionize substitute teaching to a classic board game saying “bon voyage” to an iconic game piece, TeacherPop has compiled some of the best teaching-related stories from the last two weeks. Check out these seven teacher reads for the weekend!

“Movies and word-search puzzles [are] inevitable mainstays in the substitute teacher’s arsenal. Parachute Teachers is hoping to disrupt that rhythm.”

This Kansas school district realized that in order to help homeless students, they had to also help homeless families.

By |February 17th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on 7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend|

8 Ways to Support Muslim Students and Push Back Against Islamophobia

8 Ways to Support Muslim Students

Anti-Muslim sentiment and hate crimes have reached an all-time high. The recent executive order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations bears a frightening parallel to the Chinese Exclusion Act and calls us to never forget the glaring injustice of Japanese American internment during WWII. This Islamophobia is not new, though how brazen people feel in explicitly embracing Islamophobic attitudes and policies does feel different. Muslims across racial lines are sharing their stories, speaking to how they are experiencing this current moment at the intersections of their identities, and calling us all to take action.

By |February 17th, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 8 Ways to Support Muslim Students and Push Back Against Islamophobia|