For Teachers

10 Alternatives for Those Classes Before Break

By The Room 241 Team November 22, 2019

The days before break can be equal parts exhausting and exciting. It’s often hard to plan valuable learning experiences for students when they’re counting down the minutes till break. So what do most teachers do? Pop in a movie. Don’t get me wrong — there’s nothing wrong with movies. They can be very informational and… Read More

Teachers Don’t Have To Choose Between Kind and Strict

By Lauren Bleser November 21, 2019

“Miss Bleser is strict!” I’m never quite sure how to respond when I hear that. The word carries such a negative connotation. Strict makes me think of a scowl that intimidates children. I picture a stifled classroom environment where students are afraid to make mistakes. But if you walk into my classroom, you’d sense a… Read More

Chemistry Project Ideas That Reinforce STEAM Learning

By The Room 241 Team November 8, 2019

The science of chemistry is much more than observing reactions when combining two or more different types of chemicals. Our understanding of the universe, our planet, and humans as electrochemical beings is fundamentally based on understanding the principles of chemistry. This makes learning about chemical processes through experimentation vital to the concepts of Science, Technology,… Read More

Teachers are experts at thinking on their feet. They have to be. When a teachable moment arises, educators are there to grasp it firmly with both hands, adapt to the cadence of the classroom, and insert it seamlessly into the day’s lessons. This flexibility is a true asset and a commonplace occurrence for most educators…. Read More

Teaching Math and Physics Using Skateboard Design

By The Room 241 Team October 21, 2019

If you really want to understand what a skateboard is, you could say it’s just a plank of wood with some roller skate wheels attached to it via a chunk of metal. Of course, that’s a major simplification of what is essentially a highly engineered means of transport. The simple design of a skateboard might… Read More

Deep Breathing to Calm Your Nerves

By Ashley Previte October 17, 2019

Every teacher has “one of those days.” The kids are okay, but you feel … well, anxious. Stress and anxiety are natural in the life of a teacher, but it can do more than ruin your day. Stress can affect your behavior, thinking ability, and even physical health. It’s important to find your sanity and… Read More

The Amazing Benefits of Laughter

By Ashley Previte October 7, 2019

There’s nothing better than a great giggle that snowballs into a guffaw, that results in a snort, that has you doubled over in hysterics. Whether you chuckle, giggle, yuck-it-up, cackle, or crack the heck up, it feels great to laugh and make others laugh with you. But laughter does more than take your breath away… Read More

5 Ways to Set Boundaries to Protect Your Peace

By Ashley Previte September 23, 2019

To be the best for your students, you need to be the best you. And that can’t happen without setting some boundaries for yourself. Find your balance and avoid burnout, stress, and that overwhelmed teacher vibe with some time management and self-care. Start with these 5 key boundary-setting tips 1. Stick to a finite grading… Read More

Education Equity Starts with Critical Love

By The Room 241 Team September 5, 2019

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, associate professor of English Education at Columbia University Teacher’s College believes that equity starts with “critical love.” This includes relationship-building and creating a culture where students know they are loved and cared for, but also that their teachers expect the best they can give. Dr. Sealey-Ruiz argues that without love for our… Read More

Back to School 2019 Product Roundup

By The Room 241 Team August 29, 2019

We’ve gathered the most amazing, adorable, and useful back-to-school classroom and organization finds on sale now. Happy shopping! Dry Erase Pockets Use these pockets for learning activities such as tracing letters and shapes, or any other activities in the classroom, without ruining your supplies. Wipeable and reusable, these pockets are perfect for dry erase writing.Price:… Read More

Every teacher has seen students get frustrated and give up. Struggle is a healthy experience for students, but they don’t always realize that it’s an integral part of the learning process. One teacher in New York City has found a way to connect productive struggle to something very familiar to students, and is using this… Read More

Elements of a Truly Great Lesson Plan

By Jennifer Gunn August 19, 2019

Every school, district, and teacher has their own version of the lesson plan. Some are quite formal while others may be a loose listing of bullet points. The usual stuff like standards, do-nows, and exit tickets are great, but here are some other ideas for what to include in a lesson plan to maximize student… Read More

When School Leadership Changes

By Jennifer Gunn August 9, 2019

When principals retire or move on to different opportunities, a school can feel a bit unanchored navigating the transition and on-boarding new leadership. Perhaps a new leader has some bold ideas to completely change the culture or a radically differing philosophy than your own. Here’s a look at how to successfully navigate a leadership change,… Read More

How to Apply the KonMari Method to the Classroom

By Ashley Watters August 6, 2019

One of the beautiful things about being a dedicated teacher is the magic you see when understanding dawns or as a true learning experience takes place. However, it’s no state secret that teachers need supplies to help students achieve that magic. Unfortunately, teachers often begin their educational journey scrambling for materials, hoarding items packed deep… Read More

Before my first day of teaching, I imagined what it would be like countless times. I pictured what I would say to my classroom full of new students, how I would interact with my learners, and how planned activities could play out. That visualization wasn’t an exercise in rigid planning, but rather a mental run-through… Read More