Why Gratitude Is Essential to Your Health

Why Gratitude Is Essential to Your Health

As I mentioned in a previous post, my geriatric car recently broke down. Like most of you, I am chronically strapped for time (not to mention cash), so this event was unwelcome to say the least. What’s more, I’d had this car for over 15 years, and the thought of parting with it, embarrassingly enough, actually had me in tears. About an hour after I hung up with the mechanic, I was walking out to the parking lot when a thought hit me like a ton of bricks: Whoa. I am so glad Clementine hasn’t been hit by a car.

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Ratatouille

Ratatouille recipe

We’re honoring all things Parisian this week; to be fair, we make some version of this traditional French dish about once a week. It heats up easily in the microwave, freezes well, and is hearty and filling. Plus, it’s easily portable to school in Tupperware. We eat ratatouille with steak, with chicken, or over rice or quinoa when we’re feeling especially vegetarian. It’s such a great way to pack in lots of different colors, and therefore lots of different nutrients

What You Need

  • EVOO, salt, and pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced

7 Stress Prevention Tips for Teachers

7 Stress Prevention Tips

Last week’s post focused on strategies that could be used in ten minutes or less to help you cope with stress once the stress cycle is in full force. How did it go? Were any of them effective for you? I’m hoping at least one of you flagged down a stranger with a dog. Today I’d like to focus a bit on strategies for stress prevention. If last week’s strategies were your Robitussin, these will be your Echinacea.

7 Ways New Teachers Can Stay Calm and Productive During the Holiday Season

7 Ways New Teachers Can Stay Stress-Free and Productive During the Holidays

From getting to know parents to dealing with students to learning the expectations of administrators, life is already busy for a new teacher. Add in the complications of a busy holiday season and it can be downright chaotic. Juggling gift buying, attending staff parties, and managing all the classroom responsibilities required by the holidays can be tricky.

Not to worry! Try these seven strategies to help you navigate the most wonderful (and stressful) time of the year:

Stress Reduction Techniques for Teachers (in 10 Minutes or Less)

Stress Reduction Techniques for Teachers

Congrats, teachers, you made it through October! October is a notoriously long month for teachers, and it’s followed by November, a notoriously short month–so everything’s (turkey and) gravy, right? Well…maybe not.

If you’re running on empty; or worse, you don’t realize you’re running on empty because you haven’t checked in with yourself since September, it might be wise to take a few moments to recharge. I’ve put together a list of stress reduction tips that you can implement in 10 minutes or less, until your internal battery can reach the nearest outlet (Thanksgiving break).

7 Ways Busy Teachers Can Find Time to Exercise

7 Ways Busy Teachers Can Find Time to Exercise

We all know physical activity is a must. It’s essential for good health, but it makes a big impact on our mental well-being, too. Yet, for busy teachers, finding time to exercise isn’t an easy feat. When faced with a very early morning wake-up call or a post-school day, exhausted slog, teachers often toss in the towel for some Netflix—and with good cause.

But even though the sweet sounds of your sofa are calling, you still can sneak in a little activity here and there. We believe in you, and Coach TeacherPop is here to help. Check out these seven ways busy teachers can find time to exercise.

5 Elegant Ways to Handle Criticism from Your Supervisor and Colleagues

5 Elegant Ways to Handle Criticism from Your Boss and Colleagues

Your teaching career will be messy. You will stumble, flail, and fall flat on your face. But would you believe me if I told you that all of those failed lessons, awkward observations, and uncomfortable conversations are going to make you not only a better teacher, but also a better person?

You may not believe it now, but the way you handle criticism has huge implications for both your teaching career and your personal development. While criticism may not always be welcome, it is always useful. If you keep an open mind, and follow these simple tips for handling criticism, you too will find that sometimes the hardest things to hear are the things most worth listening to.

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Ahi Tuna Burgers with Spaghetti Squash Buns

ahi tuna burger recipe

We left dry land behind and set sail into the open ocean to snag a tasty burger for this week’s recipe. These ahi tuna burgers with spaghetti squash buns are the perfect blend of highbrow dinner party and backyard barbecue, pairing well with crisp fall air, and of course, any leftover Halloween candy.

What You’ll Need (Tuna)

-1 lb ahi tuna

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-2 tbsp scallions, chopped

-1 tsp fish sauce

-1 tsp coconut aminos

-1 egg