Veteran Teacher

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

Empower Yourself With a Yes Date

By Ashley Previte October 14, 2019

How many times a day do you think — or even say — these things? I can’t do that; I have too much work to do. I don’t have time to go there right now.  I should be doing something more productive.  No, I can’t — I hadn’t planned on it.   If you’re like the… Read More

Stretch Your Body, Stretch Your Mind

By Ashley Previte October 11, 2019

Let’s say your morning begins with a fresh outlook, unwrinkled papers, and that optimistic feeling of being ready to take on the world. Then the day happens. Stress compounds and soon enough your attitude, like most of those fresh papers, starts to crumple. You can feel the tension claiming the muscles of your body. Your… 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

Date Nights with Yourself

By The Room 241 Team October 4, 2019

You spend your days caring for your students. Maybe you get home and have to care for your own kiddos, or your partner…or your needy puggle puppy who won’t stop shredding all the toilet paper rolls. The point is, as a teacher, caring for others can quickly consume all your time. Before you know it,… Read More

Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Solo Date Night?

By The Room 241 Team October 3, 2019

There it is, right there, written in Sharpie — Date Night. The square box of your calendar contains the words, but the thought of actually dragging yourself out on a solo date is another story. You don’t really want to venture out of your comfort zone  — or spend effort trying to drum up the… 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

You’re Definitely a Teacher If You Can Pass This Quiz

By The Room 241 Team September 12, 2019

Can we guess if you’re a teacher or not in the teaching game at all? Take this fun quiz and see if we’re right!

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