DonorsChoose Pick: Bring Yoga and Wellness to Students in Oakland

The students at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, California face many barriers to academic success. Despite these challenges, they show up to school each day ready to succeed.

“The weight that many of my students carry on their shoulders is far beyond what any six-year-old should have to handle,” says their teacher, Teach For America alum Roya Bazaei (Bay Area ’12). “But still, 24 bubbly faces bounce into my classroom each morning, ready and eager to learn.”

By |November 22nd, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Bring Yoga and Wellness to Students in Oakland|

7 Ways to Incorporate Gratitude Into Your Life

7 ways to incorporate gratitude into your life

As you look forward to Thanksgiving break and spending time with friends and loved ones, gratitude and expressing your appreciation for the positive things in life are top of mind. But how do you bring that dedicated time for reflection into your life beyond Thanksgiving? Here are seven ways to adopt a daily gratitude practice.

1. Hand-write a note of appreciation to someone who supports your life at home or school.

2. Post pictures of daily gratitudes on Instagram.

3. Write a nightly list of 2-3 positive events that happened during the day.

By |November 21st, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Incorporate Gratitude Into Your Life|

8 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Happy Friday and almost-Thanksgiving, y’all! If you’re looking to catch up on all the teaching-related news from the last two weeks, TeacherPop has gathered a few important stories from around the web to help. Check out this latest installment of our bi-weekly teaching-related reads!

NPR spent a day with students and families working to complete the new FAFSA process. Check out what they found. Hint: It’s still not that easy.

“We want our young people to understand that the courts work for them.” An innovative program in New York is helping students understand the judicial process.

By |November 18th, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on 8 Teacher Reads for the Weekend|

4 Ways to Support Students After the Election

As we all grapple with the conclusion of Election 2016, your students may be feeling scared, sad, confused, or just plain uncertain about what the future may hold. This election season was divisive and difficult, and the stress of its tumultuous end can have a tremendous effect on your students’ health and well-being. So, how can teachers support all their students, and maintain a healthy environment in the classroom during this uncertain time?

Here are a few tips teachers should consider to support students following this most recent election cycle:

By |November 17th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 4 Ways to Support Students After the Election|

Resources for Teaching Thanksgiving with Indigenous Perspectives

In the spirit of equity, I wanted to share a few resources to help teach Thanksgiving in the classroom. These resources will help you incorporate a wider perspective of the holiday by including ideas and celebrations from Native American cultures. This year, look beyond the feather headdresses and native symbols of indigenous cultures. By studying the traditions that laid the foundation for Thanksgiving, you can help your students gain a deeper understanding of this holiday of gratitude.

By |November 16th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on Resources for Teaching Thanksgiving with Indigenous Perspectives|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Tulsa Build an Equitable and Bright Future

Teach For America alum Nicky DeMoss (Greater Tulsa ’12) understands just how pivotal a learning environment infused with arts and technology—one that focuses on social-emotional development and holds kids to high expectations—is for her students’ academic success.

“Our students are deeply bright, incredibly insightful, and powerful young men and women who are creating visions for their futures and taking active steps toward achieving their goals,” Mrs. DeMoss says. “By providing targeted intervention, I am helping to propel my students toward deeper and broader content understanding, increased achievement, and high levels of confidence and competence.”

By |November 16th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Tulsa Build an Equitable and Bright Future|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Prep for the Holiday Season

As we’re fast approaching the holiday season, now’s the time to take stock of your fall—and even winter–wardrobe and accessories. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and before you know it we’ll even be ringing in a new year. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, take some time this weekend to check out a few deals to help prep for a stylish holiday season.

Madewell: Take an extra 20% off sale styles with coupon code EXTRAEXTRA through Monday.

By |November 11th, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Prep for the Holiday Season|

Help Your Students Preserve Their Family History

Your students have an important mission this holiday season—engage family members in conversation, record their stories, and preserve a slice of unique family history! The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2016 is right around the corner and thanks to our partnership with StoryCorps, it’s easier than ever for your students to have these conversations and share them with the world.

By |November 10th, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on Help Your Students Preserve Their Family History|