Top Teacher Stories: Week of November 9, 2018

Jahana Hayes is headed to Congress, and the truth about what teachers really need.

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. Make way; teachers are headed for office

While it’s true many of the teachers running for office lost, at least 42 won seats on Election Day.

2. What teachers really need

9 Things Teachers Need if the United States Ever Wants Another Globally Competitive Generation

At the top of the list? A living wage and competitive healthcare.

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

I Stopped Shushing My Chatty Classroom, and Here’s What Happened.

The answer is kind of liberating.

4. An inspiring way to give back to your community

How Students Can Engage in STEM and Fight Cancer at the Same Time

While learning about the human body. 

5. Because we could all use a little more kindness

49 Ways to Create a Tidal Wave of Kindness in School

Especially this week.

6. A peer editing anchor chart we love

What a great anchor chart for peer-to-peer editing! 📷: @taleof2teachers

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Monday, November 5, 2018

Giving students these concrete suggestions will no doubt help peer editing go more smoothly.

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

Props to those who fix their own paper jams… 🙌 🙌 and refill the paper trays.

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Saturday, November 3, 2018

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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

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

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

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at

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