Essential Self-Care Tips for the Tired Teacher

Essential self-care tips for teachers

Teaching is tough. If you come home from school and feel like it’s all you can do to sign into your Netflix account and press “play,” you’re not alone. Watching bad TV isn’t the only way to unwind after a hard day of teaching. In fact, there may be more beneficial ways to take care of you.

By |March 9th, 2017|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on Essential Self-Care Tips for the Tired Teacher|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Minnesota See Themselves as Vibrant Citizens

Teach For America alum Kelsey Uribe (Twin Cities ’12) describes her sixth-grade students at Hiawatha College Prep as voracious readers. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their favorite part of the week is when they are given the opportunity to read independently.

 “They love talking about the book they’re reading: what’s happening, who the characters remind them of, and how it connects to other aspects of their own lives,” Ms. Uribe says. “This excitement for learning helps propel them to persist in school, and increases their confidence as students and as proud people of color.”

By |November 9th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Minnesota See Themselves as Vibrant Citizens|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Indianapolis Enhance Their Learning

Teach For America alum Nicole Lopez Szoko (Indianapolis ’13) is helping her students at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana become global citizens with inquiry-based programs.

“My students thirst for challenges, while at the same time many struggle with the literacy skills they need to achieve their goals,” Ms. Lopez Szoko says. “The students strive to meet the high cultural and academic expectation that the school sets and demonstrate a resilience that empowers other students and teachers alike.”

By |November 2nd, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Indianapolis Enhance Their Learning|

How to Manage Your Nerves During Transitions

How to Manage Your Nerves During Transitions

“Be flexible.” “Remember to go with the flow.” “Things will change last minute and it will be okay.”

These were all phrases that I have heard over my three years and counting in the classroom. As a Type-A person, it was always difficult to hear. I love having logistics planned out, my schedules organized, and always being ahead of the next step. However, when I entered teaching, I never thought I would have to calm down my planning nature with a more Zen focus.

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9 Ways to Find Time for Exercise During the School Week

9 Ways Busy Teachers Can Find Time to Exercise

Last fall, we wrote about all the ways busy teachers can make time to exercise. We’re revisiting this sage advice and adding a few new tips to boot!

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.

By |October 11th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on 9 Ways to Find Time for Exercise During the School Week|

12 Energy Boosters for Busy Teachers

12 Energy Boosters for Busy Teachers

Last year, the fine folks at Thrive Market helped you stay awake a little bit longer by giving you the scoop on healthy alternatives to your morning cup of Joe. We’re revisiting their helpful hints—because, really, trusty pick-me-ups never go out of style—and adding a few of our favorite snacks to lift your mood and energy.

Almonds (or really any kind of nuts)

By |October 5th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on 12 Energy Boosters for Busy Teachers|

Advice to TFA Corps Members During Their First Year in the Classroom

Lindsey Bailey (Hawai’i ‘12) teaches 3rd grade at Makakilo Elementary School in Makakilo on Oahu.

Calling all new Teach For America corps members! At the start of a new school year, we salute thousands of you as you mark the beginning of an unforgettable experience making a difference in the lives of children. In that spirit, we took to Facebook and Instagram to ask TFA alumni what advice they have for new corps members during their first year in the classroom. Here is a collection of some of our favorite words of wisdom.

On Building Relationships

By |September 15th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on Advice to TFA Corps Members During Their First Year in the Classroom|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Give Students in the Bronx an Artistic Edge

The students at KIPP NYC College Prep High School enjoy a strong music program at their school in the Bronx. And for Teach For America alum Christy Coiro (New York ’10), developing an equally-matched visual arts program for her students—with an Advanced Placement Studio Art class offering for seniors—is a top priority.

“Not only are these students incredibly creative, curious, talented, and hardworking, but they are genuinely kind individuals,” says Ms. Coiro. “The goal of providing them an AP Studio Art is to give them the opportunity to take a rigorous, college-level art class that gets them thinking at a higher level, and also gives them the potential to earn college credits while still in high school!”

By |September 14th, 2016|General Pop, Your Best Self|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Give Students in the Bronx an Artistic Edge|