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|0 Comments|

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|0 Comments|

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

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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|0 Comments|

7 Alternatives to a Classroom Website

If you’ve created a website for your classroom, you know how helpful it is to have all your content organized in one convenient and accessible space. You probably also enjoy how easy it is to keep your students informed and engage parents with just a few clicks of a mouse.

But with a website comes maintenance and worry that students and parents aren’t utilizing it to its full potential. If your digital classroom is due for a much-needed overhaul, TeacherPop has come up with a few platforms and services to consider. Check out these seven alternatives to a classroom website, all of which will help you connect with your students on a deeper level.

By |December 12th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Kick Off the Holiday Shopping Season

Whether you’ve gotten head start on all your holiday shopping or still crafting a list of special someones to buy for, TeacherPop has some awesome deals to help you fully embrace the gift-giving spirit. Check out these deals to kick off the holiday shopping season!

J.Crew: Take 30% off your entire purchase—or 40% when you spend $200 or more—with coupon code PRESENTS through Sunday.

LOFT: Save 40% on everything with coupon code STYLEEVENT for a limited time.

Ann Taylor: Save 40% on full-price styles with coupon code SHOP40 for a limited time.

By |December 9th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

10 Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Students

Wondering how you can send your students off with a lil’ somethin’ special for the holiday without breaking the bank? If you’re looking to surprise your kids this holiday season with a small token of your teacher affection, TeacherPop has a few suggestions to get you and your students in the giving spirit! Check out these 10 inexpensive gift ideas for students!

  1. Elf Hats

What kid doesn’t want to sport the official hat of Santa’s little helper? These elf hats are sure to be a hit among your students in class and at home this holiday season.

By |December 8th, 2016|DIY, General Pop|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Spark Scientific Curiosity in Phoenix

“Our first graders come to school every day with never-ending questions about the world,” says Teach For America corps member Alexandra Harper (Phoenix ’16). “Their curiosity and desire to learn has no boundaries.”

Ms. Harper works hard to inspire a curiosity in science among her students from Pioneer Preparatory School in Phoenix, Arizona. During the course of the school year, her kids will learn about the human body, nutrition, and even astronomy. Though her students are able to take part in a variety of engaging projects, Ms. Harper acknowledges that when it comes to instilling a lifelong love of science among her students, hands-on, interactive exposure to science and STEM is critical.

By |December 7th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

3 Ways to Be Firm When You’re an Easygoing Teacher

If you consider yourself an easygoing teacher, you may be wondering how you can be both “easygoing” and “firm” at the same time. First, it’s important to remember that being firm isn’t a personality trait, but a skill employed to effectively manage a classroom. Being firm when the time calls for it will you allow you to create an environment where your easygoing nature fully supports your students.

For teachers looking to cultivate a firm approach to classroom management while staying true to their laid-back nature, TeacherPop recommends these three tips for learning and student success.