Every Friday, the WeAreTeachers editors share our favorite finds and news from the week, from the top teacher stories to must-use discounts and the latest and greatest memes. It gets better: if you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get these picks before everyone else.

1. Test anxiety is on the rise

More Kids Than Ever Are Dealing With Test Anxiety, and We Need to Help

Here’s what teachers can do to help.

2. Smart and easy swaps you can make

22 Ways to Reduce Your Classroom’s Carbon Footprint

For a healthier classroom—and planet!

3. A good one to bookmark

12 Dice Games Teachers and Students Will Love

Dice games are perfect for indoor recess.

4. Yay! Pizza on us

It’s the Ultimate Teacher Friend Giveaway: Pizza for Dinner

Be the most popular teacher in your school when you win pizza for you AND your colleagues.

5. Middle schoolers are a little bit evil.

Why Teaching Middle School Is So Hard

Just saying…

6. The most genius classroom management trick

I love this idea almost as much as coffee. Via @misskteaches on Instagram

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Don’t be the weird guy who talks to strangers. 😂

7. My kinda teachers

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Where are ya, dry shampoo teachers? Come be my friend!

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Top Teacher Stories: Week of March 8, 2019

1. The value of old-fashioned note-taking

2. Sometimes all it takes is encouraging kids to speak up

3. Forget your bottle biographies

4. Kids are so amazingly creative

5. Some helpful tips for standardized test season

Today’s Students Can’t Identify Fake News, Says Study

6. There has never been a truer meme

7. Comparison is the thief of joy

Top Teacher Stories: Week of March 1, 2019

1. The importance of unstructured play

2. What happens when you get rid of behavior incentives?

3. Prepping for Pi Day

4. The best prize money we’ve seen in a long time

5. I wish I was half as clever as these teachers

6. “Look! Animals are ‘hugging’!”

7. I probably should get this tattooed on my left arm.

Top Teacher Stories: Week of February 22, 2019

1. Oakland teachers are the latest to walk out

2. What schools can do to welcome immigrant families

3. Mad for reading

4. Your teacher friends should apply for this

5. What’s the difference between receptive and expressive language disorders?

6. The college courses we wish we’d taken

7. My classroom theme: “Do your work”

Top Teacher Stories: Week of February 15, 2019

1. Denver teachers reach agreement

2. The missing piece in literacy instruction

3. Who has the best job in education?

4. The most popular kids’ books by grade

5. Eye-popping, inspiring, AND empowering?

6. Yeah, this rings true for my school

7. The importance of showing you care

Top Teacher Stories: Week of February 8, 2019

1. The glorification of cute

2. Speaking of simpler classrooms …

3. Solidarity, Denver …

4. A chance to turn students into published authors

5. The power of choice

6. We didn’t make an easy choice

7. The importance of early intervention

Top Teacher Stories: Week of February 1, 2019

1. The Internet agrees: best bus driver ever

2. Esports are headed to a school near you

3. Why we need to let kids fail

4. How schools are teaching the most underrated social emotional skill

What Teachers Really Want for Teacher Appreciation Day

5. The job-hunting article you need to read

6. The four-color was pretty good, but six? Amazing.

7. Teamwork makes the dream work

Top Teacher Stories: Week of January 25, 2019

1. Kids learn from who they love

2. Doing screen time the right way

3. Bringing coopetition from the boardroom to the classroom

4. How to make a beloved series come to life

5. An open letter to school leaders

6. The funniest kid answer of the week

7. Why teacher BFFs are so important.


Top Teacher Stories: Week of January 18, 2019

1. Los Angeles teachers strike

2. Where have all the valedictorians gone?

3. There goes middle school, giving us 80s vibes

4. A teacher who defaulted on her loans makes a comeback

5. Reading, writing, and…building houses?

6. When you support teachers, you support kids.

7. An honest mistake

Top Teacher Stories: Week of January 11, 2019

1. Teachers ready to strike in Los Angeles, Denver

2. The things we do behind closed doors

3. What are some alternatives to being in the classroom?

4. Did you hear?

5. When resignation letters go viral

6. The coolest hallways ever.

7. The hardest part about teaching

Top Teacher Stories: Week of December 14, 2018

1. Los Angeles headed toward teacher strike

2. Why teachers don’t use pricy educational software

3. The symbols of teaching past

4. The free printable that could save indoor recess 

5. Kids need to be outside, even in the snow

6. When we want independence, but demand compliance

7. What does a teacher do all day?

Top Teacher Stories: Week of December 7, 2018

1. Should parents eat in the school cafeteria?

2. Put away those classroom Christmas trees

Plus-Size Fashion Tips and Picks for Teachers

3. The thing we can’t forget about winter break

4. When inclusion gets challenging

5. We’re asking kids to do too much, too soon

6. Best idea ever

7. The surprising affects of teaching

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 30, 2018

1. Rhode Island students sue for the right to learn civics.

2. Why do teachers leave the profession?

3. Kids born in August are the most likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis

4. We’re giving away thousands in prizes during December

5. New research shows teachers turn to DonorsChoose when faced with budget shortfalls

6. There’s no tired like teacher tired

7. Don’t say it, don’t say it…

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 16, 2018

1. Teacher heroes sleep overnight at school

2. D.C. teachers leaving in droves

3. What reading 20 minutes a day does to your brain

4. We’re giving away boatloads of Amazon.com Gift Cards

5. Put this in your lesson plans for next week

6. We can’t stop laughing at the answers to this question.

7. From victimhood to agency?

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 9, 2018

1. Make way; teachers are headed for office

2. What teachers really need

3. What happens when you stop shushing a chatty class?

4. An inspiring way to give back to your community

5. Because we could all use a little more kindness

6. A peer editing anchor chart we love

7. File this one under “unexpected but totally earned teacher skills”

Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 2, 2018

1. Kids in poverty get more screen time, wealthier kids get less

2. South Carolina teachers are poorer now than in 2008

3. Should teachers take mental health days?

4. Need a whiteboard upgrade?

5. The importance of meaningful, focused conversation in the classroom

I Didn’t Talk to My Students About the Christchurch Shooting, but I Wish I Had

6. Do charter schools offer better retirement plans?

7. Can we get an amen?

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 26, 2018

1. Districts turning to creative housing for teachers

2. In related news, teacher salaries in some states are shockingly close to the poverty line

3. Maybe more teachers in office will shift the balance?

4. How these schools are getting their kids up and running—literally

5. What it means to have dyscalculia

6. National Cat Day is on October 29—are you ready?

7. Not a bill, and not junk mail

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 19, 2018

1. These actual rules for teachers will blow your mind

2. Newsflash: American teachers are not respected

3. Speaking of which…your Aunt Linda should probably read this list

4. What are your dreams for your students?

5. Celebrating the National Day on Writing

6. Is flexible seating overrated?

7. Every. Single. Time.

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 12, 2018

1. The struggle to manage teacher stress

2. The ultimate teacher hack

3. Are fine motor skills on the decline?

4. Last chance to register for the Mindful Education Summit

5. Definitely the way I will be handling all future graffiti

6. Please don’t take away our planning time

7. What people don’t realize about teaching

Top Teacher Stories: Week of October 5, 2018

1. Crowded classrooms making it harder than ever to teach

2. What happens when kids lock up their phones

3. It’s hygge season, y’all

4. Last chance to win $1,000 for your classroom

5. To friend or not to friend?

6. Where have all the (working) markers gone?

7. Already feeling tired and drained? Here’s one way to reset.

Top Teacher Stories: Week of September 28, 2018

1. Teacher allegedly fired for refusing to follow “no zero” policy

The High School Teachers Ending Child Marriage in Pennsylvania

2. Schools reckon with Kavanaugh nomination

3. Give us all of the banned books

4. A math program that gives kids the extra practice they need

5. At last! We have something in common with Kristen Bell

6. How one teacher found a way through tragedy

7. Finally, a moment of levity we could all use