Top Teacher Stories: Week of May 24, 2019

Thank you notes that make us cry, plus: last-week-of-school year drama, recess power, and amazing teacher giveaways.

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.  Teacher thank you notes that make it all worthwhile

Ah yes. This is why we do what we do.

2. Texas school triples recess and guess what?

With four 15 minute recesses each day, “not only are the students paying better attention in class, they’re following directions better, attempting to learn more independently and solve problems on their own.”

3. Classroom fundraiser ideas that go beyond the bake sale 


How to raise more cash and eat fewer cupcakes.

4. Have you entered our Teacher Appreciation giveaways yet?

We’ve got gift cards, 3D printers, STEM Bins®, and more up for grabs!

5.  Too much Screen time at school? 

End-of-Year Screen Time Is Out of Control

Last week of school movies is a time-honored tradition, but enough screen time already.

6.  This time of year, we all get a little squirrely.


7. Finally, if you are feeling the stress, we feel you.


101 Ways to Cope is a great start.

Plus, other stories you may have missed on WeAreTeachers:

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get our top stories every week! Plus, check out top stories from prior weeks below.

Top Teacher Stories: Week of May 17, 2019

1. It’s better to be rich than smart, according to new research from Georgetown 

2. Recess shouldn’t be a requirement, says Georgia Governor

3. Are teacher’s leadership skills a corporate liability

4. #MayProblems

5. 17 Things Teachers Wish People Understood About Teaching

6. We Are Not Okay!

Top Teacher Stories: Week of May 10, 2019

1. Oregon teachers not asking for raises, just nurses, librarians, and arts education

2. Empathize first, and the rest will follow

3. Why is this happening in 2019?

4. A good deal on continuing education

5. Bookmark this; read every day until school gets out

6. Take that, Superman!

7. Current mood

Top Teacher Stories: Week of May 3, 2019

1. Our favorite teacher appreciation giveaways

2. Plus don’t miss our list of Teacher Appreciation discounts…

3. What teachers need to know about the rise in teen suicide

4. The problem with adding cursive to the curriculum

5. The pros and cons of coming to teaching later in life…

6. Why teaching is worth it…

7. A genius way to teach 3D shapes

Top Teacher Stories: Week of April 26, 2019

1. Can we all agree that we need to STOP taking recess away from kids?

2. Why don’t all schools have EpiPens?

3. The many benefits of therapy dogs in school

4. An inspiring event to wrap up the school year

5. Rocking that teacher apron…

6. It’s usually worth it to dig deeper

7. Important message to that one teacher in your school…

Top Teacher Stories: Week of April 19, 2019

1. AFT President Randi Weingarten delivers wide-ranging speech on the state of teaching

2. Plus, in the Breaking News category, it turns out teachers don’t get lunch breaks

3. What can teachers in training learn from prisoners?

4. “That kid” is so often dealing with pain or fear

5. We’re digging this source for free classroom video

6. Anyone who says “kids these days”…

7. BRB, printing these for our next faculty meeting

Top Teacher Stories: Week of April 12, 2019

1. Teachers can get free flights to Mexico for Teacher Appreciation Week

2. This is one of the biggest pain points of our week 

3. James Patterson supports classroom libraries

4. Great phonics practice for the end of the year

5. We’d love to see this idea spread

6. The challenge of Oppositional Defiance Disorder

7. Totally playing this at our next faculty meeting

Top Teacher Stories: Week of April 5, 2019

1. Our favorite P.E. game since the parachute

2. A smart way to keep hungry kids fed

3. Adulting class? Yes, please

4. How much do you know about special ed law?

5. How to make co-teaching work

6. Who needs CEUs when you have BFFs?

7. A pretty epic prank

Top Teacher Stories: Week of March 29, 2019

1. Betsy DeVos argues for bigger class sizes

2. What are the best states for teachers?

3. Gear up for April Fools’ Day with this epic list

4. A cool contest for high school girls

5. It’s getting to be that time of year…

6. A teacher’s March Madness bracket

7. We can’t stop laughing at this #laminatingfail

Top Teacher Stories: Week of March 22, 2019

1. School districts are banning

2. Indiana teachers shot with pellet guns during active shooter drill

3. The coolest school bathrooms you ever did see

4. Surprising classroom triggers for students who have experienced trauma

5. Save this list for when you’re in need of some conversation starters 

6. The genius of the purple folder

7. Kids are so literal

Top Teacher Stories: Week of March 15, 2019

1. Test anxiety is on the rise

2. Smart and easy classroom swaps you can make for the environment

3. Our favorite classroom dice games

4. Yay! Pizza on us

5. Middle schoolers are a little bit evil

6. The most genius classroom management trick

7. My kinda teachers

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

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

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

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 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

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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