New Teacher

Time Management That Works For You

By Lauren Bleser December 10, 2019

Lesson plans. Parent emails. Grading papers. Staff meetings. Team collaboration. IEP meetings. Parent conferences. Holiday concerts. Teaching is a 24/7 job. It can take over your life if you aren’t careful, so you have to find a way to make it work for you. Your social events are important. Your family time should be protected…. Read More

Teachers: Make Room for Your Passion

By Ashley Previte December 5, 2019

Yes, your passion for learning and inspiring others led you to a career in education. But what about your other passions? Remember those? Those things that make you tick, or give you butterflies, or make your eyes sort of twinkle? Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve even thought about those things. Maybe you’ve thought… Read More

6 Scientific Benefits of Proper Hydration

By Ashley Previte November 25, 2019

As a teacher, sometimes a full glass of water during the day seems like a luxury. Most educators find themselves limiting their water intake because, well, there’s often a limit to the amount of bathroom breaks one can take. But without water, you can’t stay properly hydrated, and proper hydration is paramount to a healthy… 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

Meditation Tips for Beginners: The 5 Cs

By Ashley Previte November 19, 2019

We’ve all heard about the awesome benefits of meditation. But let’s be honest — meditation is an intimidating word. It feels huge. It feels lofty and unattainable. It feels like something better suited to some enlightened spiritual leader than a busy and stressed-as-all-get-out teacher. Am I right? Here’s the thing though: Meditation is attainable. It… Read More

5 Quick Fixes for Crossing Off Your Looming To-Dos

By The Room 241 Team November 15, 2019

Motivation can be a mosquito in the night. You can hear it buzzing in your ear, but when you reach out to crush it, all you catch is air. You understand the importance of getting things done. You probably talked to one — or all — of your students about it in class today. And… Read More

How to Create a Culture of Self-Care in Your School

By Ashley Watters November 13, 2019

Modern classrooms are a reflection of the fast-paced world we live in. Multiple tasks and students consistently vie for your attention. In this kind of brisk environment, self-care becomes extremely important for educators. Self-care is not synonymous with selfish Teaching is a true balancing act of attending to the needs of many different people. You… 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

5 Night-Before Prep Tips for a Stress-Free Morning

By Ashley Previte November 1, 2019

Ugh, mornings. Am I right? That nagging alarm clock, disgruntled sleepyheads, burnt toast, cereal bowls…chaos just takes right over. Getting out the door is a scramble and it’s a miracle if you don’t have to go back in the house for your phone or your keys or your three-year-old. But here’s the thing: It really… Read More

Teachers: The Truth About Waking Up Earlier

By Ashley Previte October 29, 2019

The internet is swimming in advice on how the world can wake up earlier and find more time to lead more productive lives. CEOs brag about their early morning rituals. Celebrities tout crack-of-dawn routines that help them focus throughout the day. Fledgling novelists swear it’s the only time to get writing done. That’s all fine… Read More

Cue Up Your Creativity: 30-Day Challenge

By The Room 241 Team October 25, 2019

Creativity relieves our stress and invigorates our imagination. It’s a route to clarity or an outlet for frustrations. It brings peace and unlimited excitement. So why not dedicate your focus to getting those creative juices pumping through your veins?  Check out our 30 days worth of inspiring activities creative teachers need to power through any… Read More

Teachers: 8 Awesome Ways to Cue Up Your Creativity Today

By Ashley Previte October 23, 2019

Creative teachers aren’t afraid to take risks. They search for inspiration in even the most mundane of places. They ask themselves silly questions and strive to find inventive answers. They play. They experiment. They explore. These teachers flip problems around to see what’s underneath, then hope it’s not chewed gum.  You are so creative in… 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