For Teachers

11 Top Podcasts For Teachers

By The Room 241 Team February 8, 2020

Informational, entertaining, and accessible from your phone, tablet, or computer, podcasts have revolutionized the way the world accesses information. And they don’t require you to make more time in your day — you can listen to a podcast while you do life.  Here are 11 podcasts worthy of your attention as a passionate educator. Slip… Read More

I taught public school for ten years, starting in a self-contained ELL 6th-grade middle school class, shifting to a dual-language, 5th-grade classroom, and ultimately spending the most time teaching 3rd-graders. And with a classroom of 20-40+ kids (yep, you read that last number correctly), inevitably the dynamics were such that someone stumbled upon having a… Read More

There’s no doubt that students who understand what it means to be a good friend benefit in many ways — from better communication skills to better grades. Plus, good friends make good citizens — and the world needs all it can get. So help your students understand and develop quality friendships at any grade level… Read More

Harnessing the Influence of Social Media in the Classroom

By Ashley Previte February 4, 2020

What if instead of ignoring the huge, white, social media elephant in the room, you embraced it? As teachers, it’s important to prepare students not only for the world they live in but also for the world that’s ahead. And since the influence of social media is likely here to stay, why not use it… Read More

Resilience Through an Elementary Lens

By Darri Stephens February 3, 2020

When I first began teaching elementary school, many of the topics were a bit hazy for me. Sure, I had learned at some point about Westward Expansion when I was in third grade — but I couldn’t recall many facts except that a remedy for snake bites was to suck the venom out of a… Read More

Must-Have Teacher Gadgets for 2020

By The Room 241 Team February 1, 2020

Classroom capabilities are ever-changing and evolving. New technologies are constantly emerging — making our jobs as educators easier and often more fulfilling, and creating a rich learning environment for our students. From the super high-tech to the simplest of innovations, new products can create a world of difference in your classroom. Interested in making some… Read More

How to Write a Great Recommendation Letter for a Student

By The Room 241 Team January 29, 2020

The time has come. One of those fresh-faced youngsters has nervously knocked on your classroom door. The anxious and hopeful look in their eyes has already told you what they’re about to ask: They want a letter of recommendation.  Although it is an honor to be asked, the idea of actually writing the reference can… Read More

Celebrating the 100th Day of School: A Day to Pause & Reflect

By Darri Stephens January 27, 2020

I’m not quite sure why I missed out, but I didn’t learn about the concept of celebrating the 100th day of school until my fifth year of teaching when I was in my twenties! I never celebrated a 100th day in school growing up. And then my first two teaching assignments were in failing schools… Read More

Which EdTech Conference Should You Attend This Year?

By The Room 241 Team January 17, 2020

While Jan 1 marks the New Year for most, it kicks off the second half of the school year for teachers and students. Within the first month back, many schools celebrate with the 100th day of school. Around this same time, due to the cyclical buying cycles of schools, some of the larger education conferences… Read More

5 Ways to Balance Screen Time in the New Year

By Darri Stephens January 15, 2020

We know that many New Year’s resolutions center around the idea of balance: How can I have a more balanced life? How can I balance my personal and professional lives? How can I balance my screen time? Yep, that last one is not just an issue for kids. Guilty as charged! The statistics about screen… Read More

SAMR: A Thought-Provoking Edtech Adoption Model

By Darri Stephens January 9, 2020

In the world of technology, it can be easy to gravitate towards what is new and shiny. The latest and greatest gadgets, apps, and platforms captivate us with updated features and functionality, just-in-time content, and oh-so-clever design. It’s hard to ignore the buzzes, chirps, and flashes! The same can be said of edtech in the… Read More

Surefire Tips to Maintain a Positive Outlook in the Classroom

By The Room 241 Team January 7, 2020

Not every day is rainbows, unicorns, and cupcakes with sprinkles. Sometimes the only side of the bed you can wake up on is the wrong side.  And that’s okay. It’s all part of this big amazingly messy experience called life. While you can’t necessarily control your mood or all the thoughts that pop into your… Read More

Recognizing the Signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress

By The Room 241 Team January 6, 2020

You love your students. And many of them come to school with traumatic backgrounds and stories that hurt your heart and affect you down to your soul. You listen. You care. You do everything you can to help these children manage and survive. But the most important element in helping others is being able to… Read More

Many of us grew up loving Dr. Seuss books. To this day, you probably can recite at the very least a line or two of his rhymes by heart. Kids worship him, parents adore him, and teachers revere him. We teachers, in particular, have created Pinterest boards galore showcasing classroom projects, bulletin boards, and learning… Read More

#TeacherFails: Been There, Done That

By Darri Stephens December 26, 2019

Let’s admit it… misery likes company. In a more positive light, there is camaraderie and comfort found when we bond over common struggles (and successes). It speaks to the power of community and how we are not alone in our pursuits. Never has this been more true than in the field of teaching. Too often,… Read More