Top Teacher Stories: Week of December 7, 2018

Parents in the cafeteria, holiday decorations in schools, and more.

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. Should parents eat in the school cafeteria?

Certainly not a problem at all schools, but is it one in yours?

2. Put away those classroom Christmas trees

OPINION: Holiday Decorations Don’t Belong in Classrooms—Period

They don’t belong to schools, according to our blogger Captain Awesome.

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

Winter Break Is Hard for So Many of Our Students

Some of our students would rather stay in school.

4. When inclusion gets challenging

“I’m All for Inclusion, but What About John?” Teacher Questions About Inclusive Classrooms, Answered

Great advice from an expert on inclusive classrooms.

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

"In 1998, 31 percent of teachers expected children to learn to read in kindergarten. In 2010, 80 percent of teachers expected this."

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Sunday, December 2, 2018

And the research backs it up.

6. Best idea ever

Kids LOVE the thrill of a vending machine, and this one gets them reading — it's genius. 👏👏

Posted by Scary Mommy on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Can we get one at my school?

7. The surprising affects of teaching


Posted by WeAreTeachers on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Can I get that surgically corrected, or…?

Teacher tee of the week

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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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