4 Ways to Be a Better Advocate for Yourself and Your Students

4 ways to advocate for yourself and your students

Before I started teaching, I rarely had to ask for help. I worked hard and researched answers when I came across a challenge, but never in my life have I even felt quite like I was drowning and didn’t even begin to know where to turn. I dislike asking for help and would much rather pretend like everything is okay and try to deal with the difficulties on my own, trying not to burden others with the issues I was having in my classroom and my inability to deal with them. However, instead of successfully taking these problems on, I felt very small, like I was on my own island.

10 Energy-Boosting Coffee Alternatives for Teachers

10 energy-boosting, coffee alternatives for teachers

The following guest blog is written by Thrive Market contributor, Gina Vaynshteyn. Thrive Market is dedicated to supporting teachers and providing the resources you need to lead happy, healthy lives. Register for your free Thrive membership today.

Like most people who struggle to stay awake during the day, I absolutely need a cup of coffee to get me going—and stay going. Teachers have an extra challenge: y’all have to be “on” all day long, even when you’re tired and need a break!

Caffeine is fine in moderation, and a regular drinker probably shouldn’t eliminate it cold turkey, but nobody should be relying on coffee alone to keep up their energy.

By |September 29th, 2015|General Pop, Your Best Self|0 Comments|

How to Maintain Positive Habits During the Transition to Fall

How teachers can maintain positive habits during the transition to fall

Well, the Google doodle tells me it’s fall. As a resident of Austin, where it is still 90+ degrees, my only other clue is the onslaught of pumpkin-spiced advertising at every turn. Whether you teach in climates where the leaves are changing or you’re still sweating on your 6:00 a.m. commute, the change in seasons can certainly impact our mental health and wellbeing.

10 Daily Affirmations for Teachers

10 daily affirmations for teachers

As teachers, we encourage our students to have a growth mindset. We don’t accept it when they say, “I can’t do this,” or “I’m dumb.” We might even encourage them to use positive self-talk to calm themselves down or boost their confidence. But do you apply the same kind of growth mindset to your own teaching? Honest reflection can help you become a better teacher, but if you find yourself feeling resigned or disheartened, it’s time to embrace a growth mindset. Daily affirmations can help you stay calm and confident even when faced with a challenging student or rough day.

By |September 22nd, 2015|General Pop, Your Best Self|1 Comment|

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe for Olive Oil Baked Italian Chicken Wings

olive oil bottles vintage photo

Chicken wings are festive and easy to make for a regular evening at home or a small gathering with friends. This recipe is one of our favorites; it’s both super tasty and just about as convenient as it gets. Just toss the ingredients in a bag, marinate, and bake, bake, bake.

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

4 Ways for First-Year Teachers to Take Back Sunday

4 ways first-year teachers can take back Sunday

Three years ago, Teach For America alum and TeacherPop favorite, Maggie Dahn, wrote some wise words about ditching the Sunday night blues. From preemptive actions on Friday afternoon to smart lesson planning, Dahn’s 4 tips will help you take back Sunday and prep for the week with clear eyes and full hearts.

By |September 17th, 2015|General Pop, Your Best Self|0 Comments|

8 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Stress-Free Mornings

Breakfast cookies packed with nutrition: walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds all have brain-power-boosting omega-3s and coconut oil for anti-inflammatory moisture, these cookies are also gluten free!

The following guest blog is written by Thrive Market’s fitness and nutrition editor, Michelle Pellizzon. Thrive Market is dedicated to supporting teachers and providing the resources you need to lead happy, healthy lives. Register for your free Thrive membership today.

After summer break, your back-to-school morning routine can feel like a mad dash. Keep your cool, even in the early morning hours, by prepping breakfast the night before. We know, as teachers, your time is precious. Having your morning meal ready in advance is one less thing for you to stress about.

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe for Salsa Chicken

Recipe for one-pot chicken salsa from Teach Eat Repeat

What’s cooking, TeacherPop? This one-pot meal is a weeknight favorite in our house. It is one of those meals that you can whip out when you haven’t visited the grocery store in a slightly embarrassing amount of time. It requires frozen veggies, some chicken breast, and a container of salsa: totally #setitandforget it.

What You’ll Need

-One pound chicken breast

-One bag mixed frozen veggies (pick your favorite!)

-One container salsa (check your labels for sugar!)

-1 tbsp olive oil

-1 tsp crushed red pepper