TeacherPop on the Road: Promoting Self-Care for Educators

Promoting Self-Care for Educators

Earlier this week, a veteran teacher provided some incredible advice for enthusiastic new teachers who often dive headfirst into their new roles without looking after their own needs, too. The result? Sadly burnout and compassion fatigue are real challenges for new teachers, especially those working with children who’ve experienced traumatic stress in their lives.

TeacherPop mental health expert Janna Miller turns to mindfulness to help quiet the mind and boost healthy habits. Mindfulness, or the act being with your thoughts as they are, has far-reaching benefits:

Teach Eat Repeat Recipe: Grilled Chicken Marinade

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe for Grilled Chicken Marinade

In the summer, we grill nearly every night we can. This is a simple marinade using things you likely already have in the kitchen. We came up with it on a whim one night, and ever since, my family asks for the “Summer Chicken” pretty much every Saturday night.

What You’ll Need

  • 1lb of chicken (we grill skinless chicken breasts, but you could easily use thighs or skin-on)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

5 People to Get to Know in Your School Building

5 People to Get to Know at Your School

In my first year teaching, I was often still at school when our custodian, Mr. Dan, came into my room to sweep. We would chat, and I soon learned his children’s names and all about the new camper he was fixing up on the weekends. I also noticed that Mr. Dan began to wipe down my desks, sweep the chalk out from under my chalkboard, and ask me if there was anything I needed fixed.

How to Get Your Personal Life in Order After Institute

How to get your personal life in order

Many 2015 Teach For America corps members have just finished their summer training and are likely thinking, “now what?” We thought it was a great time to revisit one of our favorite posts from the archives by 2011 alum Katelyn Wilhemi. Read her sound advice for getting your personal life in order after Institute. 

Real life is here, and you may be feeling a lot of things: nervous, excited, scared, stressed, overwhelmed, uncertain, happy…you get the picture. The point is people leave Institute in various stages of emotional and mental stability.

Motivation Monday: Planning for a Lifetime

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Helping Teachers Thrive with Healthy, Affordable Food Choices

Helping Teachers Thrive with Healthy, Affordable Food Choices

During teachers’ famously busy and time-strapped workdays, healthy habits often succumb to one more lesson plan or late-night grading session. Logically, you all know that a well-rounded diet and regular exercise will help you feel better physically and emotionally—not to mention improve your ability to lead a classroom—but sometimes healthy choices aren’t practical or affordable.

That’s about to change; Thrive Market is making it easy.

Teach.Eat.Repeat Recipe: Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos

Teach Eat Repeat Recipe

Is there anything better in the summertime than tacos and cold beverages? (Let TeacherPop know if you find something that hits the spot with as much accuracy and festiveness.) This recipe for coconut-lime pork tacos comes from blogger Marin Mama Cooks. Don’t be turned off by the long ingredient list; this is a cinch to make, and the tacos are light, healthy, and leftover-worthy. Taco Tuesday, anyone? We’ll be right over.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

Motivation Monday: Compass

Motivation Monday