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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

Great teachers are amazing people — constantly adapting, motivating, and inspiring young minds. Even to the best of teachers, though, it can seem difficult to take the time to cultivate what really matters when test time looms on the horizon. But studies show that instilling a sense of wonder and curiosity is far more important… Read More

15 Tips for Leading Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Jennifer Gunn October 2, 2018

As teachers, we have to work hard to prepare for parent-teacher conferences. In a matter of minutes, we have to find a way to genuinely connect with parents, discuss their student’s academic progress, and how they can improve. It’s also important to explain current curriculum goals and our teaching strategies in hopes that they support… Read More

8 Classroom Management Strategies for the New School Year

By Jennifer Gunn August 30, 2018

It’s a brand new school year and new students will soon enter your classroom. How will you keep things running smoothly so that you can maximize student learning? We collected some education experts’ excellent classroom management strategies so that you can start the year off in the best way possible. 1. Relationships, relationships, relationships One… Read More

Picture it: Hoards of parents line the hallway, waiting for their five precious minutes with you, their child’s teacher. Inside the classrooms, you go over grades and discuss how their child is doing as quickly as you can, and are disappointed by the no-shows. On Back-to-School Night, you try to make connections but time flies… Read More

Rethinking PD: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team August 14, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education and WeAreTeachers hosted an awesome Facebook Live professional development session: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers. Did you miss it? No worries! We’ve got you covered with some key takeaways. You can also watch the full video anytime to catch all of the details. Mindfulness for students Hosts Kayla Dessert and… Read More

Self-Care: Getting Mentally Prepared for a New School Year

By The Room 241 Team August 3, 2018

Entering a new school year can be stressful and daunting. The long summer days are winding down and back-to-school anxiety starts to creep in. But with a little mindfulness and intention — and some great advice from Concordia University-Portland Cavaliers — you can start off the new school year right! The power of intention “Our… Read More

Tired of the name game and classroom bingo? Here are some awesome classroom icebreakers sure to get your students excited about each other, and their new class! Elementary school activities Deserted Island Share-Out Seat students in a circle. Tell the class to imagine that they’re stuck on a deserted island. To make it visual, project… Read More

The start of the school year can trigger some serious anxiety for students — and teachers. Through the use of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies, educators can help students cope with back-to-school anxiety to truly thrive in class. Here’s how to recognize the signs of student distress and ways to guide students through anxiety. And,… Read More

Your Ultimate Classroom Prep Checklist for the New School Year

By The Room 241 Team August 1, 2018

The new school year is rapidly approaching, so it’s time to get your classroom ready! Here’s a totally doable 6-step classroom checklist, and some awesome products to get your learning space school-year ready! Step 1: Clean up! Every year, a classroom goes through a lot of wear and tear. After the summer, and while it’s… Read More

Almost a decade ago, on the first day of my first year teaching, I sat and stared at a circle of high school students. On my desk was a lesson plan that I’d spent weeks preparing. I’d decorated my classroom to perfection. It was a veritable Pinterest board of beauty and inspiration. I’d carefully arranged… Read More

It’s January, which means there are six months of classes, lesson planning, meetings, and assessments left. As hardworking educators, we can easily start wishing away the rest of the year to get to summer. But honestly, by maintaining a healthy and clear perspective, there’s no reason that this year couldn’t be your best teaching year… Read More

How to Arrange Your Classroom to Maximize Creativity

By The Room 241 Team August 25, 2017

Between the last relaxing days of summer vacation and the frantic pace of the start of a new school year, it’s easy to get lost in the more concrete details of transitioning seasons. While ironing out lesson plans and getting to know a classroom full of new faces, it’s also your responsibility to foster a… Read More

As summer comes to an end, preparing for the school year and welcoming classrooms full of fresh faces is a great time to add a few tools to the teaching toolbox. Establishing new practices at the beginning of the year seems daunting, but it can help set up long-term success in building and maintaining positive… Read More