How to Efficiently Pack Up Your Classroom

How to Efficiently Pack Up Your Classroom

Before we start enjoying that summer sunshine and peace out for two whole months, there’s one dreaded checkout task we must complete: packing our classroom.

While your initial instinct might be to throw everything in some plastic storage bins and call it a day, taking some time to plan how you store your stuff for the summer will pay off in August.

Here are five simple tips to help you pack smarter:

  1. Organize by subject or theme.

Brown Baggin’ It: Beef Barbacoa Bowls

TeachEatRepeat Recipe: Beef Barbacoa Bowls Brown Baggin’ It is our weekly food blog brought to you by TeachEatRepeat. Each week, these Brooklyn-based teachers present their favorite recipes for workday lunches.

Who doesn’t love a killer Chipotle burrito bowl (especially when they’re two for one on Teacher Appreciation Day)? This beef bowl, which is our take on a NomNomPaleo classic, Oven-Braised Mexican Beef, is a totally versatile, weekday lunch base. Serve it over a salad, over roasted sweet potatoes or broccoli, or on a bed of cauliflower rice, or toss it in a bowl and top with a fried egg and avocado. Bueno!

Weekend Sales: 21 Deals for Teachers (Memorial Day Edition!)

21 Memorial Day Weekend SalesHappy unofficial start of summer! Whether you’re spending this weekend soaking up some rays or planning your break schedule, take a peek at our list of Memorial Day weekend sales. These are some of the best bargains you’re going to find all year. Even if you’re short on cash (or keeping your budget happy), a little window shopping (and a free Frosty!) never hurts.

Amazon: 20% off select items with code FUN20SUN.

ASOS: 20% off regular-priced items with code LONGWKND.

Banana Republic: 40% off entire order. Use code BRSUMMER.

18 Goal-Driven Classroom Phrases

18 Goal-Driven Classroom Phrases

Do you ever find yourself getting bogged down in the weeds of classroom management? Or even worse, do you find yourself responding to behaviors in the same way every time? At this point in the school year, both you and your students are likely tired of hearing the same old phrases coming from your mouth—and your kids may even tune you out.

Teach For America’s Joanna Lein originally created this handy list of 18 classroom phrases that are also expert multitaskers: They help positively manage classroom behavior, while simultaneously steering your class back to the big picture, your learning goals. Read through the phrases below and add your own in the comments.

The Most Transformative Words I’ve Said in Class This Year

The Most Transformative Ideas I've Said this Year

Last month, during testing season, stress levels are at an all-time high—for my 8th graders and their teacher. So when a student stopped doing his homework, I stopped letting him into my classroom. He sat on the floor in the hallway and moped, while I circulated with the other 24 students in my classroom and let my emotions stew. And then we both went home angry.

How to Engage Students in Designing and Implementing Lesson Plans

How to Engage Students in Designing and Implementing Lesson Plans

What happens when you let your students teach the class? Amazing things! In this lesson plan, learn how to assign students into small groups to design their own teaching plans and subsequently teach those lessons to their classmates. It’s great for reinforcing commonly misunderstood topics in a unit and particularly well-suited for the end of the school year.

According to the lesson’s author, TFA alum Joanna Smith, “students are extremely creative, and may even create better lesson plans than you with fun games, animated PowerPoints, and cool videos. I also found that my students preferred to listen to and learn from their peers than they did from me by the end of the year.”

Brown Baggin’ It: Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

TeachEatRepeat recipe

Brown Baggin’ It is our weekly food blog brought to you by TeachEatRepeat. Each week, these Brooklyn-based teachers present their favorite recipes for workday lunches.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! These spinach stuffed chicken breasts are easy to prepare, great sliced in a salad, or perfect rolled up in a lettuce wrap as a sammie. They are jam-packed with healthy greens and are great to make for dinner and bring to school as leftovers. If you’re not dairy-sensitive, feel free to add a sprinkle of mozzarella and parmesan for a cheesy kick!

5 Ways to Thrive on a Teacher’s Budget

5 Ways to Thrive on a Teacher’s Budget

Everyone warned me upon graduation that budgeting my finances as a post-grad and new teacher is difficult and challenging. I took their advice with caution and prepared myself as much as I could for the financial reality of being a rural, public school teacher. Although my financial situation may differ from other new teachers (I do have a hefty amount of student loans!), here are a few tips and ideas I have for budgeting smartly, saving for the future, and feeling financially stable in your first few years as a teacher or recent graduate.