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Teachers work hard, putting in tons of hours both at school and at home. They use their own money for supplies. They decorate classrooms to create beautiful learning environments. They create lessons, projects, and units that have to factor in an ever-changing landscape of “musts.” They have endless meetings and responsibilities on top of their… Read More

Learning from the past and innovating for our future — these are two crucial skills that aren’t focused on enough in our classrooms today, but some teachers are working to change that. Award-winning educator Luke Glassett teaches AP World History and Contemporary World Problems and serves as the head coach of a highly successful robotics team… Read More

As the calendar year comes to a close, it’s time to pause and reflect on our teaching practice. Teachers often focus on what we didn’t get done, what we still have to do, and the mistakes we’ve made along the way. This can quickly lead to burnout. It’s time to flip your reflection game and… Read More

What Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution?

By The Room 241 Team December 27, 2018

It’s always good to start the new year with ambitious resolutions. However, as teachers, you have so many goals you want to accomplish in a jam-packed school year that you tend to neglect your own physical and mental health needs. Self-care resolutions can not only be very achievable but can improve your quality of life…. Read More

What to Expect When Dating a Teacher

By The Room 241 Team December 21, 2018

We all know that teachers are incredible human beings, but dating one is a unique experience. From early nights to grading to glitter, here’s what to expect when dating a teacher. You’re going to run into students — everywhere! The grocery store? The gas station? A romantic dinner for two? Chances are, you’ll run into… Read More

K103 Honor Roll Powered by Concordia University-Portland

By The Room 241 Team December 7, 2018

Concordia University-Portland loves celebrating excellent educators, which is why we’ve teamed up with Portland radio station K103 to create the K103 Honor Roll. This recognition program honors a local educator on the radio and at their school. One honored educator is selected each month during the school year, and each recipient is awarded: A $2,800 Concordia University… Read More

Inexpensive Holiday Gifts You Can Make for Coworkers

By The Room 241 Team December 4, 2018

Time to spread some DIY holiday cheer for the special people who make your school truly amazing! Here are some great holiday gifts that you can make without breaking the bank. For the coworker who needs a little self-care Calm-Down Coloring Printables: Coloring can be really calming. Print out a few of these sheets and… Read More

Tips for Earning an EdD While Working Full-Time

By The Room 241 Team November 28, 2018

Earning a Doctorate of Education (EdD) while working full-time isn’t easy but it is possible, and there are many benefits associated with this terminal degree. So how exactly do you balance it all without burning out? Here are five helpful tips from some of our doctoral candidates and graduates, just for you. 1. Create a schedule that works… Read More

How Personal Trauma Can Lead to Teacher Burnout

By Amy Anderson, MEd, LPC, LADC November 27, 2018

You may have seen it, been around it, or maybe you’re experiencing it right now: teacher burnout. It’s sadly very common and it can often be labeled as Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). Many of us struggle to find ways to set boundaries, recognize our own limitations, and prioritize our personal needs. It becomes even more… Read More

We know that extracurricular activities can benefit students in a variety of ways but, as teachers, we are often the ones to take on those additional responsibilities. You leave your classroom and become a coach, club leader, or theater director. This added role may be fulfilling, but it’s often hard to achieve work-life balance. So here… Read More

You Know You’re a Middle School Teacher When…

By The Room 241 Team November 15, 2018

Middle school students are in a class of their own, so it takes a certain type of teacher to really get them. There’s really nothing like teaching students in the thick of it when it comes to their peers, puberty, and that tween-to-teen logic. Many feel middle schoolers are the most challenging group, while others love… Read More

Teacher Memes That Nail What It’s Really Like to Teach

By The Room 241 Team October 12, 2018

Many people don’t really get what it means to be a teacher and how challenging yet rewarding this profession can be. Don’t worry. We’ve got your back with a host of new memes that we’ve created just for you. So ignore the mountain of ungraded papers for a moment and take a well-deserved meme break.

Saying No Can Make You a Better Teacher

By Sarah Knutson September 19, 2018

Saying no is the best choice I have ever made for my teaching career. I entered the teaching profession after a career in public libraries. In the beginning, I told my principal that I would probably stay late on campus since I was used to, and I quote, “working until 6 p.m. most days.” I started… Read More

You Know You’re a High School Teacher When…

By The Room 241 Team September 5, 2018

There’s nothing quite like teaching teens, especially those in high school. While we know that no two students are alike, there are definitely relatable moments across the board. Here are some signs that you are clearly a high school teacher. The phrase that you say most in life is “Put your phones away.” You believe… Read More

Stepping off the Scale: Rethinking the Idea of Work-Life Balance

By Tom Armbrecht, PhD August 31, 2018

Editor’s note: In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, we’re able to work almost anywhere at any time. But how does being so connected affect our lives and the way we view work-life balance? Here to share his insight and expertise is Tom Armbrecht, PhD, a former professor of French studies who is now an online learning… Read More