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Teaching is a tough profession. Heavy workloads, challenging students, and lack of support are just some of the issues today’s teachers have to handle. Many educators choose their career because they feel it’s their calling, but that makes them more susceptible to compassion fatigue and burnout. A recent study finds that higher rates of burnout… Read More

Ready to up your game as a leader in your learning community? Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education partnered with Scholastic to provide you with strategies and resources that will help you advance as a teacher leader, and you can earn professional development credit at the same time. Watch our FREE Leadership and Professional Learning webinar… Read More

Quick Classroom Stress Relievers for Teachers

By Room 241 Team May 31, 2018

Innovative teachers like you keep students engaged and excited, but you know kids learn best when they’re not tense. Deal with stress in the classroom by trying these easy mood-boosters on a daily basis. Get them moving! Sitting still is hard for all of us. These mood-boosting activities and brain breaks will give students instant… Read More

Earning an MEd as a mother of five and a military spouse is no small feat, but Support Teacher Tamar Shorr made it happen. Read on to find out what motivated her to pursue the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics and how her Concordia experience lifted her personally and professionally. What inspired you to… Read More

Celebrating Teachers Making a Difference

By Room 241 Team May 7, 2018

Almost every teacher will tell you that they didn’t choose their profession for the spotlight. For many teachers, their greatest successes are seemingly small gestures, words of encouragement, and moments of connection that happen with their students in the classroom every day. Still, these teachers are making an impact by developing innovative curricula, thoughtfully engaging… Read More

Mindfulness Training Tips for Teachers

By Concordia Faculty April 4, 2018

You already have a host of mindfulness activities for the classroom in your toolkit, but what about tips for helping you—the educator—be more present in the moment? Have you ever tried to meditate, or practice mindfulness yourself? To learn what it takes (and how to do it), we talked with two mindfulness pros over at… Read More

When you’re in the market for a new car, you go for a test drive. When you’re deliberating restaurant options, you check out the menus. When you’re in the market for a master’s degree? Sample the classes. In our new series on the Room 241 blog, we’re asking Concordia faculty to give you a closer… Read More

5 Strategies That Co-Teachers Can Use to Work Better Together

By Meaghan Maldonado February 20, 2018

Nowadays teachers often find themselves in a situation where they have another educator in their classroom for either part of or the entire day. The educator might be an EL, special education, or reading specialist or another certificated staff member that a teacher works with on a regular basis. Are you working with someone else… Read More

The i5 Approach: Lesson Planning for a 21st Century Education

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn February 19, 2018

Reading, writing, arithmetic… Isn’t it time for a modern shift—one that truly meets the needs of today’s tech-savvy learners? That’s the idea behind the current shift toward teaching 21st-century skills. A new book from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), The i5 Approach, provides a systematic approach to modernizing existing lessons and advancing… 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 Do We Actually Know a Lesson Went Well?

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn October 27, 2017

Sometimes when we say a lesson “went well,” we mean that we managed to “get through the lesson” without a classroom disaster. A lesson that’s “going well” is often equivalent to a classroom where students are working, remaining quiet, or appearing engaged. But how do we really know if students are actually learning in class?… Read More

Instructional Rounds: Not Just for Administrators

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn October 11, 2017

Ever wonder what’s happening in the classroom across the hall? Besides overhearing some Staff Lounge chatter or taking a cursory glance from the hallway while passing by, teaching can often happen in isolation, and we don’t always know what’s really going on in classrooms beyond our own. Why instructional rounds? Teachers get observed and evaluated… Read More

A parent catches you at drop-off one morning and wants to know why her son got in trouble the day before, since he never misbehaves at home. A colleague presents a proposal at a staff meeting that you are certain will not work. At the end of a long day of parent-teacher conferences, you are… Read More

Problem-based learning (PBL): It’s all the rage. PBL is an innovative addition to modern K-12 pedagogy, but it can seem overwhelming for beginners. It doesn’t have to be, though. PBL’s principal goal—meeting students where they are and putting them to work solving real-world problems—marks a significant shift from old educational models. Putting it into action… Read More

Teachers have to be incredible multitaskers to juggle so many roles and get their to-do lists done. Learning how to master time management and stay organized can reduce stress and create more time to enjoy the rest of your life. These four apps can help you do just that. 1. Toodledo What it is: Toodledo… Read More