DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Minnesota See Themselves as Vibrant Citizens

Teach For America alum Kelsey Uribe (Twin Cities ’12) describes her sixth-grade students at Hiawatha College Prep as voracious readers. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their favorite part of the week is when they are given the opportunity to read independently.

 “They love talking about the book they’re reading: what’s happening, who the characters remind them of, and how it connects to other aspects of their own lives,” Ms. Uribe says. “This excitement for learning helps propel them to persist in school, and increases their confidence as students and as proud people of color.”

By |November 9th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Minnesota See Themselves as Vibrant Citizens|

Doodle 4 Google With Your Students

Do your students have a unique vision for the future? If so, there’s never been a better opportunity for them to share it with the world! The fine folks at Google are inviting all students in grades K-12 to participate in their annual Doodle 4 Google contest and share their vision for the future with a doodle.

By |November 7th, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on Doodle 4 Google With Your Students|

8 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Who’s ready for another installment of our bi-weekly teaching-related reads? Well, there’s no better time than the weekend to catch up on all the recent news relevant in the world of education. So sit back, relax, and check out these stories TeacherPop has chosen specifically for educators!

If you’re an elementary school teacher, there’s nothing more ubiquitous than a simple, decorated container during lunchtime. NPR recently delved into the fascinating history of the lunchbox in their Tools of the Trade series.

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How to Create Cohesion Between Lesson Plans

Whether you’re teaching a group of students once a week or every day, cohesion between lessons is critical. The start of each lesson isn’t a time to reset, but an opportunity to build upon what was learned the previous class period.

When working to create cohesion between lesson plans, try thinking of your lessons as legs of a journey. You have your point of origin and you know your destination—it’s up to you to determine your route on this academic road trip.

Create a roadmap.

By |November 4th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Create Cohesion Between Lesson Plans|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Indianapolis Enhance Their Learning

Teach For America alum Nicole Lopez Szoko (Indianapolis ’13) is helping her students at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana become global citizens with inquiry-based programs.

“My students thirst for challenges, while at the same time many struggle with the literacy skills they need to achieve their goals,” Ms. Lopez Szoko says. “The students strive to meet the high cultural and academic expectation that the school sets and demonstrate a resilience that empowers other students and teachers alike.”

By |November 2nd, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Indianapolis Enhance Their Learning|

How to Manage Your Nerves During Transitions

How to Manage Your Nerves During Transitions

“Be flexible.” “Remember to go with the flow.” “Things will change last minute and it will be okay.”

These were all phrases that I have heard over my three years and counting in the classroom. As a Type-A person, it was always difficult to hear. I love having logistics planned out, my schedules organized, and always being ahead of the next step. However, when I entered teaching, I never thought I would have to calm down my planning nature with a more Zen focus.

By |November 1st, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on How to Manage Your Nerves During Transitions|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Trick-or-Treat Yourself

Happy almost Halloween, y’all! Whether your gearing up to mingle with the rest of the ghouls, goblins, and zombies out and about this weekend or planning a quiet but scary movie night at home, it’s best to do it in style. And TeacherPop is here to help. Check out these awesome deals and discounts to trick-or-treat yourself this Halloween weekend!

J.Crew: Save 30% on outerwear and an extra 30% on sale styles with coupon code SALETREAT through Monday.

Shoe Carnival: Buy one, get one free on select styles of women’s boots for a limited time.

By |October 28th, 2016|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Trick-or-Treat Yourself|

Sign Up Today to Join StoryCorps and Our Community of Storytellers

Teach For America is once again partnering with StoryCorps, the national oral-history project, to help your students gather important stories from their families during The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2016. It’s not just turkey, stuffing, and pie that are on tap this Thanksgiving, but great conversation too!

StoryCorps is encouraging students to join together this holiday season and interview an elder member of their family about their personal history. With StoryCorps’ free app, students will be able to record their conversation and share it with the world, just as teacher Michelle Fockler did this past year. And teachers can take advantage of this teacher resource toolkit that includes detailed instructions on how to help students get started, permission slips, lesson plans, and follow-up activities.

By |October 27th, 2016|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on Sign Up Today to Join StoryCorps and Our Community of Storytellers|