Work-Life Balance

A teacher on a solo date night

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

Summer Teacher Prep: Summer Self-Reflection

By The Room 241 Team July 23, 2019

Summer is the time to truly think about what worked for you this past school year, and what totally didn’t. Even if you had a great year, there is always room for growth. If you were constantly exhausted, behind on work, redoing lesson plans, or always saying “no” to social plans, it’s time for a… Read More

Summer Teacher Prep: Setting Your Work/Life Boundaries

By Jennifer Gunn July 4, 2019

Teachers do so much more than just planning lessons and teaching. In fact, it’s typical to get swallowed up during the school year with endless projects, responsibilities, and calls for your time. The problem is, we simply cannot do it all — and trying to do it all makes us less effective and exhausted. This… Read More

Taking Control of Your Teacher Workload

By The Room 241 Team March 14, 2019

A Heart-Centered Approach Teachers are true workaholics. We work a lot — during the day, after school, on weekends, during breaks, and over summer vacation. In doing the myriad tasks we tackle each week, we can become seriously overwhelmed, stressed, and constantly trying to catch up. Host of the Hurry Slowly podcast and author of… Read More

What’s the Perfect Theme Song for Your Teaching Career?

By The Room 241 Team March 8, 2019

If you could describe your teaching career with one song, what would it be? The perfect teacher anthem will capture all the craziness you experience throughout the school year — the good times, the rough times, and everything in between. Take the quiz to find out what your perfect theme song is.

Are you a workaholic or just a passionate teacher?

By The Room 241 Team February 14, 2019

Being a teacher doesn’t stop when the bell rings. You take work home more often than not – it just comes with the territory. However, there is a fine line between being a passionate teacher and being a workaholic. Take the quiz to find out where you stand.

Quiz: Which fictional teacher are you?

By The Room 241 Team February 1, 2019

Remember your favorite fictional teacher? The one from a movie or show that inspired the very qualities you have in the classroom today? Whether it was the nurturing, tough love, or inspirational qualities you were drawn to, it helped shape you into the teacher you are today.  Take the quiz and see which fictional teacher… Read More

Teachers work hard, putting in tons of hours both at school and at home. They use their own money for supplies. They decorate classrooms to create beautiful learning environments. They create lessons, projects, and units that have to factor in an ever-changing landscape of “musts.” They have endless meetings and responsibilities on top of their… Read More

As the calendar year comes to a close, it’s time to pause and reflect on our teaching practice. Teachers often focus on what we didn’t get done, what we still have to do, and the mistakes we’ve made along the way. This can quickly lead to burnout. It’s time to flip your reflection game and… Read More

What Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution?

By The Room 241 Team December 27, 2018

It’s always good to start the new year with ambitious resolutions. However, as teachers, you have so many goals you want to accomplish in a jam-packed school year that you tend to neglect your own physical and mental health needs. Self-care resolutions can not only be very achievable but can improve your quality of life…. Read More

What to Expect When Dating a Teacher

By The Room 241 Team December 21, 2018

We all know that teachers are incredible human beings, but dating one is a unique experience. From early nights to grading to glitter, here’s what to expect when dating a teacher. You’re going to run into students — everywhere! The grocery store? The gas station? A romantic dinner for two? Chances are, you’ll run into… Read More

Inexpensive Holiday Gifts You Can Make for Coworkers

By The Room 241 Team December 4, 2018

Time to spread some DIY holiday cheer for the special people who make your school truly amazing! Here are some great holiday gifts that you can make without breaking the bank. For the coworker who needs a little self-care Calm-Down Coloring Printables: Coloring can be really calming. Print out a few of these sheets and… Read More

Tips for Earning an EdD While Working Full-Time

By The Room 241 Team November 28, 2018

Earning a Doctorate of Education (EdD) while working full-time isn’t easy but it is possible, and there are many benefits associated with this terminal degree. So how exactly do you balance it all without burning out? Here are five helpful tips from some of our doctoral candidates and graduates, just for you. 1. Create a schedule that works… Read More

How Personal Trauma Can Lead to Teacher Burnout

By Amy Anderson, MEd, LPC, LADC November 27, 2018

You may have seen it, been around it, or maybe you’re experiencing it right now: teacher burnout. It’s sadly very common and it can often be labeled as Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). Many of us struggle to find ways to set boundaries, recognize our own limitations, and prioritize our personal needs. It becomes even more… Read More