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Summer Rejuvenation Challenge

A teacher celebrating that she reached the end of the Educator Rejuvenation Challenge

Celebrate Yourself — You Deserve It

By The Room 241 Team August 14, 2019

Whip out the party blowers and confetti because you did it! You committed to nine whole weeks of personal growth. And honestly, it’s not easy to stick with something for nine weeks right out of the gate, but you handled it like a champ. How can you tell? Because you’re still here! You’re reading this… Read More

From Change to Changed: Plan Your Check-Ins

By The Room 241 Team August 13, 2019

Did you know that, on average, it takes 66 days to form a habit? The nine weeks of this Educator Rejuvenation Challenge have brought you through those days, but now it’s on you to keep moving and improving. You already have what you need. You just need to monitor your progress and your motivation and… Read More

Professional Development Goals: How to Set Them & Reach Them

By The Room 241 Team July 29, 2019

Now that you’re a superstar goal-setter with a whole toolbox of actionable tricks for actually reaching said goals, it’s time for another challenge. This week, take a look at everything you’ve learned on the goal front and apply it your career. I know. We’ve been hyper-focused on personal development for the past eight weeks and… Read More

From Micro to Intermediate Goals: Building Your Map

By The Room 241 Team July 26, 2019

How are those micro goals treating you? Have you found that bite-sized achievements work for you? While they absolutely are an awesome way to build up momentum and motivation with ultra-small wins, once you go pro at this, you may want to make the shift to intermediate goals. Intermediate goals are bigger and further away… Read More

The Power of Reflection: Tune In and Tune Up Your Focus

By The Room 241 Team July 24, 2019

In the spirit of reflection, let’s bring it on back to the recalibration of focus.  It’s been a little while, so now’s a good time to check in and give your focus a tune-up. Get in the habit of maintenance. It’s key for keeping your life running like a well-oiled machine. And your focus is… Read More

Remember when we talked about planning out your month ahead? There were those six steps you should do to stay stress-free while remaining on target with your most important personal goals. Remember that?  So…  how’d it go? Were you able to stick to your plan and commit to your calendar? Naturally, some of the steps… Read More

Think Beyond the Fridge: Nutrition for the Teacher’s Mind

By The Room 241 Team July 19, 2019

Feeding your body is one thing. But what about feeding your spirit? Your soul? Your curiosities? Just as you need proper nutrition to fuel your body, your mind needs a consistently healthy diet as well. And, as a teacher, this is even more important for you. You’re giving so much of yourself daily in your… Read More

12 Knock-Your-Socks-Off Teacher Lunch Recipes

By The Room 241 Team July 17, 2019

With fall right around the corner, it’s a good idea to stock up on healthy and portable lunch recipes so you’re ready to roll into the school year with your best food — er, foot — forward.  Here are 12 great recipe ideas to make ahead in batches and easily pack for on-the-go dining. Cornbread… Read More

7 Nutrients for a Quick Mood Boost

By The Room 241 Team July 15, 2019

As a teacher, you’ve seen first-hand how diet and nutrition can affect your students. But it’s time to turn the lens back on yourself. Eating right goes beyond whittling your waistline and even improving your physical health. It all comes down to how foods affect the brain. Healthy food = happy mood. And some nutrients… Read More

Life can get overwhelming. Especially when you’re a striver. And you, my friend, are exactly that. You’re putting in the work to rejuvenate yourself. You’ve identified that you need a reset. You want to maximize your life. You want to achieve the best version of yourself and you’re striving to do so. Bravo! But here’s… Read More

The Powerful Practice of Positive Self-Talk

By The Room 241 Team July 10, 2019

Positive self-talk. It’s one of those things that sounds all hippy-dippy, but it’s actually pretty fundamental. We all have an inner voice, and how that voice speaks to us directly impacts our mood, our mental health, and our actions. Learning to flip the script and put a positive spin on your internal dialogue can have… Read More

Being your best self absolutely means standing up and taking control of your life. It also means learning to identify and let go of the things that fall outside of your control. And honestly? It’s not always easy. The line can get blurred pretty quickly, leaving us feeling anxious and helpless or catapulting us into… Read More

Teachers: 10 Easy Tips to Boost Your Mood Quickly

By The Room 241 Team July 5, 2019

Everyone gets into a funk now and then. The trick is knowing how to snap out of it on the double. Mood is a key determinant of your quality of life and having some mood-boosting tools up your sleeve can make all the difference in how you perceive the world — and how you cope… Read More

Self-Care for the School Year Starts Right Now

By The Room 241 Team July 3, 2019

When you board an airplane, the first thing that flight attendants tell you is that, in case of emergency, you’re supposed to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others with theirs. This same principle applies to life in general. You have to take care of yourself first or you won’t have anything to… Read More

3 Mantras for Self-Advocacy

By The Room 241 Team July 1, 2019

As a teacher, you advocate for your students on a daily basis. But do you give the same care and attention to your own needs? Are you comfortable giving a voice to your truth? Not sure? Ask yourself this: Do you have a hard time saying “no” even when you’d rather get a root canal… Read More