Teach901 http://www.teach901.com Together, we will rewrite the future of an entire generation Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:30:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 44792299 Mentors Available Through STS Enterprise, Apply by August 7th http://www.teach901.com/mentors-available-sts-enterprise-apply-august-7th/ http://www.teach901.com/mentors-available-sts-enterprise-apply-august-7th/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:50:52 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4569 Know an 8th or 9th grader who could benefit from having a mentor? STS Enterprise, a 501c3 dedicated to “developing and empowering the next generation of leaders” is accepting applications...

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Know an 8th or 9th grader who could benefit from having a mentor?

STS Enterprise, a 501c3 dedicated to “developing and empowering the next generation of leaders” is accepting applications to match students with a mentor for the upcoming school year. STS has focused on programming for young men since its inception but is introducing a mentoring program for young women this year.

STS (Setting The Standard) Enterprise was founded in 2012 by Jeremy Calhoun and Alton Cryer, two young professionals who sought to move beyond simply complaining about disengagement among youth in Memphis to take action with thoughtful programming that challenges young people to “defy stereotypes, exceed expectations, and approach life with a tenacious mindset.”

Benefits and things to know about the mentoring program:

  • Students will be connected to a group of young professionals from diverse backgrounds
  • 10-month interactive session
  • Connect with other youth from all over Memphis
  • Includes some faith-based elements
  • One time program fee – $50

Apply to be a mentee by August 7th.

Learn more about STS Enterprise Mentoring.

For questions, call 901.654.8939.

 

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Apply Now: Arts Education Student Ticket Subsidy http://www.teach901.com/apply-now-arts-education-student-ticket-subsidy/ http://www.teach901.com/apply-now-arts-education-student-ticket-subsidy/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:53:54 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4566 Applications for the TN Arts Commission’s Student Ticket Subsidy go live on August 8th. TAC founded the Student Ticket Subsidy program in 2010 to increase exposure to the arts for...

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Applications for the TN Arts Commission’s Student Ticket Subsidy go live on August 8th.

TAC founded the Student Ticket Subsidy program in 2010 to increase exposure to the arts for students in public schools across the state. The ticket subsidy can be used to bring artists to schools or pay for field trips to arts and culture events. To date, the ticket subsidy has helped 700,000 students experience the arts by absorbing artist fees, ticket costs, and transportation fees for under-resourced schools.

Guidelines:

  • Schools may apply for a maximum of $3,000 per fiscal year.
  • Funding for STS is allocated per county according to school age population and by demand.
  • STS applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are expended.
  • Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the proposed event.

Note that all schools must be registered in the Commission’s online grants system to apply. Schools are encouraged to register before August 8.

Check out instructions on how to register with TAC.

Start your application today!

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Memphis Scholars is Hiring http://www.teach901.com/memphis-scholars-hiring/ http://www.teach901.com/memphis-scholars-hiring/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:26:30 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4578 The beginning of the school year is just a few weeks away, and Memphis Scholars is looking to add a few passionate, dedicated educators to the team. Join the leaders...

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The beginning of the school year is just a few weeks away, and Memphis Scholars is looking to add a few passionate, dedicated educators to the team. Join the leaders of the K-8th grade network as they invite you to learn more about their available opportunities during two hiring events.

  • When: Thursday, July 27th (5-7 PM)
  • Where: Memphis Scholars Florida-Kansas Elementary (90 W Olive Ave)
  • When: Thursday, August 3rd (4-6PM)
  • Where: Memphis Scholars Caldwell Guthrie Elementary (951 Chelsea Ave)
  • RSVP by emailing jsimpson@memphisscholars.org!

Want to get ahead of the game?

Complete an instructional application before you arrive.

Educators joining the team between now and August 7th will be eligible for a hiring bonus!

Learn more about Memphis Scholars.

Check out their open positions on the Teach901 Job Board.

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8 Ice Breakers to Start Off The School Year http://www.teach901.com/10-ice-breakers-start-off-school-year/ http://www.teach901.com/10-ice-breakers-start-off-school-year/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:52:21 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4546 Getting to know people could be a little difficult, especially when it comes to getting to know your students for the upcoming school year. So here are a few games...

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Getting to know people could be a little difficult, especially when it comes to getting to know your students for the upcoming school year.

So here are a few games to break the ice with your students!

Two Truths and a Lie

Everyone has interesting facts about themselves, but it’s not so easy to tell if a person is lying or not if you barely know them! Two Truths and a Lie is a good way to get to know your students. The rules are simple. Start off by thinking of two truths, things that you have actually done or that have happened to you. Next comes the lie. Make it as simple or outlandish as you want. Now it’s time for everyone to guess! Will your students believe that you’ve jumped out of a plane or that you’re a descendant of Cleopatra? Who knows! Continue on until all of your students have had a turn. They might just stump you too!

String Game

Got a ball of yarn laying around the house? Good! You’ll need it. Form a large circle with your students, and start off by saying your name and your favorite food or color. Next, toss the ball of yarn to a student, preferably one not standing next to you, while still holding on to your piece of string. Here’s the tricky part, each person that catches the yarn next must repeat all of the names and favorites that were said before theirs. After everyone has gone the game will reverse and you will have to untangle the yarn while repeating the names backwards. Don’t get too tangled up!

I am, You Are

It’s always fun to see your students interact with each other, and it is even better to see them getting to one another. I am, & You are is just the game for that. It goes as follows: say you have 22 students, then you’ll need 21 chairs in a circle. You guessed it; one student will be left without a chair. Ask our chair-less friend to stand in the middle of the circle. If I were the person in the center of the circle, I’d say something like, “ I’m an 8th grader and you’re an 8th grader if you have a dog.” Everyone with a dog gets up and switches seats. The person left without a chair repeats the same process. 

The Candy Game

Who doesn’t love candy! This game is inexpensive and consists of any colorful candy, like skittles or M&M’s. Make sure each student gets at least 1 or 2 of each color candy in the bag. Write a series of ‘getting to know you’ questions on the board or on a hand out. Each question represents one color candy. You can either have the students write out their answers and read them to the class, or have them present them as they go through each color candy. The best part is you don’t have to clean up. Let your kids feast!

This is My Dance

Let your students show off their mad dance skills. Have your students gather in a circle as you start off the game. For example, if I were I going I would step up a little and say “My name is Kia and this is my dance (whips).” The class would then repeat me by saying “Her name is Kia and this is her dance” and they would also repeat my dance moves. Continue to go through the circle, but make sure to remember everyone’s name and dance moves. As you continue down the line, each person after you must repeat every name and dance move that came before. After everyone has gone you will all go through everyone’s name and dance moves as a group. 

WhoDunIt

Guessing games like I spy can get a little boring but this guessing game is so much fun! All you need is one note card and a pencil/pen for each team. Split your class into two teams and have each member write down one interesting fact about themselves. For example, if there are 12 members to a team there should be 12 answers on a note card. After all of the note cards have been filled out you will switch note cards with the other team and you have to guess which person did what. If the students do not know each other’s names yet, please be sure to do an introduction first. 

WhoRYou

This game might sound familiar! It goes as such: Go around the room and say your first name along with an adjective that starts with that letter. So, I would say something like “kind Kia” and you would continue this process throughout the room.  Make sure to remember everyone’s answers that came before yours because you’ll have to repeat them as you go!

Mingle Mingle Mingle

This game calls for a bit of wiggle room, so make sure there’s enough space for your students to move around. Mingle mingle mingle is my personal favorite! Pair your students up with someone they don’t know and prepare a series of questions to ask them.The students will then answer the question with their partner in one minute, giving each person 30 seconds to talk.  After everyone is finished talking, call out ‘Mingle Mingle Mingle’ and the students go find another partner. Make the questions as simple or a difficult as you’d like. 

I hope these sparked a few ideas for you to engage with your students!

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Karen Bouldin: Seeding Success http://www.teach901.com/karen-bouldin-seeding-success/ http://www.teach901.com/karen-bouldin-seeding-success/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:59:38 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4559 After hearing about the many opportunities surrounding education reform in Memphis, Karen Bouldin knew that she was ready to make the move. She now works as an Education Pioneers Analyst...

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After hearing about the many opportunities surrounding education reform in Memphis, Karen Bouldin knew that she was ready to make the move. She now works as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow at Seeding Success providing actionable data to influence best practices on how to keep 16-24 year olds connected to school and work opportunities.

 

Learn more about Seeding Success.

Learn more about Education Pioneers.

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Continuous Coaching at Memphis Delta Prep: Mike McKenna http://www.teach901.com/continuous-coaching-memphis-delta-prep-mike-mckenna/ http://www.teach901.com/continuous-coaching-memphis-delta-prep-mike-mckenna/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:59:53 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4503 With the idea of teacher coaching at the forefront of his priorities, Mike McKenna, Founding School Leader of Memphis Delta Prep, sought to open a school that focused on developing...

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With the idea of teacher coaching at the forefront of his priorities, Mike McKenna, Founding School Leader of Memphis Delta Prep, sought to open a school that focused on developing and cultivating strong educators to lead not only their students, but to lead the school as a whole to success.

“The leader has to set the tone that great teaching is the school’s top priority,” McKenna said.” “There are times when I’m walking down the hallway and I see a student crying or acting up. Instead of consoling that student or taking them somewhere else, I’m going to go and coach a teacher, because I know that will help our school get better in the long run.

“It will allow our teachers to address and prevent those issues from happening in the future rather than always putting a Band-Aid on it.”

Memphis Delta Prep opened its doors to 260 K-4th grade students in the Fall of 2016, and currently aims to serve over 500 students in the South Memphis community with plans to add 5th grade in the years to come.

Check out the full story on how McKenna and the staff at Memphis Delta Prep work to implement coaching strategies throughout the school year.

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10 Field Trips For The Upcoming School Year http://www.teach901.com/12-field-trips-upcoming-school-year/ http://www.teach901.com/12-field-trips-upcoming-school-year/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:41:34 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4458 Who doesn’t love a good field trip from time to time? Here are a few ideas for the upcoming school year that will engage you and your students! Slave Haven...

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Who doesn’t love a good field trip from time to time?

Here are a few ideas for the upcoming school year that will engage you and your students!

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

Take a journey through history while walking the paths, peering through the trapdoors, and exploring the hidden passages that led hundreds of slaves to freedom. With a visit to the Slave Haven Underground  Railroad Museum, students can glimpse into one of the most defining moments in US History when Africans were willing to risk it all to pursue liberty.

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

Celebrate and explore the lively culture and history of American Indians before Europeans set foot on Mississippi Valley soil. Operated by the University of Memphis, the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa allows students to  examine an American Indian mound complex, a hands-on archaeology lab, and so much more!

Fire Museum of Memphis

Fires can be extremely dangerous and possibly even deadly. Knowing the do’s and don’ts of fire safety is very important and The Fire Museum of Memphis is a great place to learn. It allows students to have fun with different activities while also giving them advice and tips that can last them a lifetime!

National Civil Right Museum

The narrative of the civil rights movement is a big part of Memphis and its a piece of history everyone should be interested in learning about. The National Civil Rights Museum touches on sensitive topics, such as the sanitation strike, bus boycotts, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many other happenings that put our city at the forefront of the movement.

Lichterman Nature Center

Our world and our surroundings are constantly changing right before our eyes. The Lichterman Nature center is a great place to learn about these changes. Explore how we, as humans, have made an impact on our environment as well as how our wonderful  Mother Nature responds to environmental changes.

The Art Project Memphis

With the right guidance, everyone can be an artist, and The Art Project wants to help bring out your students inner creativity. From guided classes to art free play where kids can let their imagination run wild, your students will leave with a masterpiece that everyone will be proud of.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Music is a big part of the Memphis culture, especially Rock & Roll and Soul music. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum dives into the history of  our city’s bustling music scene and highlights the amazing talents that put Memphis on the map. It also offers students a lesson in sound education as well as several other fun exhibits to explore.

The Cotton Museum

Shirts, scarves, hats, and blankets are just a few items that come to mind when one thinks of cotton, a power plant that has a large impact on everyone’s lives.  The Cotton Museum allows students to be in the exact same location as the original Memphis Cotton Exchange while gathering insight into the crop’s profound influence on the Bluff City.

Mud Island River Park

The Mississippi River is full of secrets and stories, and Mud Island is the perfect place to learn about them. From the small scale of the river at the Mud Island River Park to scavenger hunts and river walk tours, this is the perfect location for an informative and recreational trip.

Belz Museum Of Asian & Judaic Art

Also known as “The Jade Museum,” this museum gives students a chance to learn about different cultural groups and dynasties through their art and culture. The museum offers 5 exhibits, which included 3 Asian, 1 Judaic, and a Holocaust Memorial Gallery.

I hope these sparked some ideas for you for the upcoming school year!

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Fox13 Family Focus School Supply Drive http://www.teach901.com/fox13-school-supply-drive-benefiting-communities-in-schools/ http://www.teach901.com/fox13-school-supply-drive-benefiting-communities-in-schools/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:30:56 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=2181 Teachers and students across the city need school supplies and Fox13 has partnered with Communities in Schools of Tennessee, Teacher Toolbox, and United Way of the Mid-South to host a...

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Teachers and students across the city need school supplies and Fox13 has partnered with Communities in Schools of Tennessee, Teacher Toolbox, and United Way of the Mid-South to host a series of school supply drives in Memphis throughout the month of July.

Supplies most needed are:

  • 3-Ring Binders
  • Calculators
  • Composition notebooks
  • Colored pencils
  • Earbuds
  • Folders with pockets
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Pencil bags
  • Primary handwriting tablets
  • Tissue/Kleenex

Donors can bring various items to one of many drop off sites or bring your donations to the collection day at Poplar Plaza on July 19th.

If you cannot make it to a supply drop off and would like to help, funds can be donated to the three organizations directly!

Click here to donate to Communities in Schools TN.

Click here to donate to Teacher Toolbox.

Click her to donate to United Way of the Mid-South.

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Back 2 School Pop Up Shop: August 4th-5th http://www.teach901.com/back-school-pop-shop-august-4th-5th/ http://www.teach901.com/back-school-pop-shop-august-4th-5th/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:04:52 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4473 Teachers: Are you looking to buy a new backpack? Need a new pouch to put your pencils, pens, and highlighters in? Have you been searching for the perfect shirt to...

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Teachers:

Are you looking to buy a new backpack?

Need a new pouch to put your pencils, pens, and highlighters in?

Have you been searching for the perfect shirt to wear on the first day of school that says “I have swag”?

If you answered “yes” to all those questions, join us at the Choose901 Back to School Pop Up Shop!

  • When: Friday, August 4th (3PM-7PM) & Saturday, August 5th (11AM-3PM)
  • Where: Crosstown Concourse (1350 Concourse Ave, 38104)
  • Parking: Parking garage available
  • Payment: Cards only, NO CASH

There’ll be several new shirt designs, hats, beer glasses, backpacks, pencils, pens, & more. Oh, and guess what!

Teachers get 10% off their purchase. Must present valid teacher ID. 

Join the event page for updates and stay tuned for design previews!

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10 Easy Day Trips for Summer Vacation http://www.teach901.com/10-easy-day-trips-summer-vacation/ http://www.teach901.com/10-easy-day-trips-summer-vacation/#respond Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:31:13 +0000 http://www.teach901.com/?p=4393 Summer break is a time to rest and relax after 180 days of grading, reading, preparing, and learning. So why not take a few day trips and enjoy some of...

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Summer break is a time to rest and relax after 180 days of grading, reading, preparing, and learning. So why not take a few day trips and enjoy some of Memphis’ neighboring towns?

Here are 10 day trips from Memphis that will give you a chance to relax, learn, explore, and cool off:

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

  • Distance: 13 miles or 24 minutes
  • Keep things close to home and explore Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park! While it’s right outside of Memphis, many people have never seen all that the 12,536 acre park has to offer.  With over 20 miles of hiking trails, 49 campsites, and a 36-hole disk-golf course, it’s the perfect little getaway.

“Exhibits include live snakes, turtles, salamanders, fish aquariums, stuffed animal exhibit, indoor live butterfly garden (open seasonally), bone table, insect table and a Native American exhibit.” – Tennessee State Parks Website

Paddle the Ghost River

  • Distance to Input: 44 miles or 1 hour and 3 minutes
  • Distance to Output: 38 miles or 56 minutes
  • Ghost River isn’t just an amazing craft brewery, but an awesome 8.5 mile water experience that you can enjoy. Grab some friends and paddle you way through both the Ghost Section and Spirit Lake. Don’t have a canoe, kayak, or paddle board? Ghost River Rentals has you covered!

Oxford, Mississippi

  • Distance: 61 miles or 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • When you arrive in town, walk around the Historic Downtown Square where you’ll find a galore of shops as well as delicious restaurants. Before you head out, stop by the London style phone booth for a picture, take a stroll around the University of Mississippi campus, or consider stopping by William Faulkner’s house,  Rowan Oak.

Tennessee Safari Park

  • Distance: 66 miles or 1 hour and 23 minutes
  • What could be better than a drive through zoo? Instead of going to the animals, the animals come to you! A visit to the safari park allows for animals to venture up to your car while you take in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For hours and entrance fees, visit their website.

Clarksdale, MS

  • Distance: 73 miles or 1 hour and 27 minutes
  • While Clarksdale might be a small town of only 20,000 people, the Mississippi destination is rich in music history. Hear blues-y tunes fill the air while wining and dining at Red’s Lounge, and if that doesn’t satisfy your musical craving, head over to the Delta Blues Museum.

Heber Springs, AR

  • Distance: 116 miles or 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Looking to do a little day-partying on a lake? Heber Springs is the place to be. Instead of driving to the coast, consider visiting Sandy Beach where families can swim, play in the sand, and enjoy a picnic under a pavilion. Boats and other water accessories can be purchased at the Dam Site Marina. If the lake doesn’t suite your fancy, head to the Ozark Country Market where you’ll find beautiful plants, Amish products, produce, candies, and much more!

Little Rock, AR

  • Distance: 133 Miles or 2 hours and 9 minutes
  • When in Little Rock, visit Little Rock Central High School where the Little Rock Nine broke racial barriers and enrolled in a school only for Caucasians. Don’t forget to take pictures because what you’ve experienced can be taken back to the classroom and shared with your students. Looking for a way to incorporate Bill Clinton into your lesson plans? Consider visiting his Presidential Library and share what you learned with your class.  When it comes time to eat, consider grabbing a bite at the River Market.

Pinnacle Mountain, AR

  • Distance: 141 miles or 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • Located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Pinnacle Mountain is perfect for great hikes, picnics, boating, and camping! There are easy, moderate, and strenuous hikes, so don’t be worried if you’re not a pro. Whether you’re hiking or biking the trails, there’s nothing like taking in some fresh air and breathtaking scenery. For more information on trails and possible hikes, please click here.

    “The state park’s dominant natural feature is Pinnacle Mountain, which rises more than a thousand feet above the Arkansas River Valley. The mountain’s cone-shaped peak has long been a central Arkansas landmark and attraction for outdoor enthusiasts.” – Arkansas State Parks Website

Hot Springs, AR

Nashville, TN

  • Distance: 194 miles or 3 hours and 7 minutes
  • If you’re visiting on a Saturday, stopping at the Franklin Farmers Market is a must. If you are going any other day, consider starting with the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium. Next, venture down to Broadway where you can take in all the music venues, restaurants, and bars. For a nice view of downtown, consider walking the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. For history buffs, the Parthenon, a full scale replica of the original Parthenon in Greece, is a sight worth visiting that is within walking distance to Vanderbilt University. To conclude the evening, consider a night out on Broadway or a dinner in the 5 Points.

Now go explore!

Make sure to tag @Teach901 in the pictures of your day trips!

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