7 Ways to Find Your Work-Life Balance

work-life balanceBrittany Viklund (Toll) is back with one of our favorite post from the TeacherPop archives. In her piece, she’s tackling the ever-elusive work-life balance, and some practical steps to keeping things on an even keel.

Whether you’re a first-year or veteran teacher, sustaining a healthy work-life balance is no easy feat. But finding that balance is essential for ensuring that our energies are utilized in the most appropriate ways—and our end-of-year goals are met.

How to Appear Confident in the Classroom

16146506965_eb1abf824a_kIf you find yourself struggling to maintain your confidence in a classroom full of rowdy students, congratulations! You are completely normal. The good news is you can appear confident even if you’re not feeling it all the time. Let’s take a trip back to 2010 and a post written by TeacherPop writer Molly Eigen. She shares three solid principles to help you act confident and keep your class on track.

Brown Baggin’ It: Zoodles and Meatballs!

zoodlesBrown 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. 

This week we’re sharing one of our favorites: zoodles and meatballs! Zoodles are zucchini noodles; they are delicious and good for you. We’ve hooked nearly our whole school on the zoodle train. Even better: this dish tastes more delicious a day or two after you make it.

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How to Reduce Teacher Stress and Anxiety

1373540318_ea22cef065_bBetween testing season and  students’ dwindling attention spans, it’s no wonder teachers often name spring as the most difficult time of year in the classroom.  With these changes, teachers may experience increased stress levels—and its partner in crime, anxiety—inside and outside the classroom.

“When I notice that my anxiety is hindering my performance (e.g., it’s keeping me up at night, my worrisome thoughts prevent me from getting things done, or I’m experiencing physical symptoms of anxiety), I know it’s time to practice some self-care,” reports TeacherPop’s mental health expert, Janna Miller.

Brown Baggin’ It: Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Cauliflower Topping

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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. 

We love this recipe for shepherd’s pie, especially on a cold day! It’s also a great one for meal prepping, and a perfect transitional lunch as we head into spring. On Sunday night, we cook this baby up, split it into five slices, and have one piece for lunch every day with a side salad. If you don’t like cauliflower, top it with sweet potato mash instead!

How Mental Health Needs Vary for Teachers and Students

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This week, in conjunction with the launch of the Change Direction campaign for mental health awareness, TeacherPop’s wellbeing expert, Janna Miller, is addressing mental health in our schools. Today’s final post, part V in the series, considers the different mental health needs and means of expression for students and teachers. Read part Ipart II, part III, and part IV. And please keep the conversation going by making a pledge to know the signs of suffering and share your commitment using the hashtag #ChangeMentalHealth.

Six Tips for Finding a Mental Health Professional

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This week, in conjunction with the launch of the Change Direction campaign for mental health awareness, TeacherPop’s wellbeing expert, Janna Miller, is addressing mental health in our schools. Today’s post, part IV in the series, outlines six tips for finding a mental health professional. Read part Ipart II, and part III.

Five Signs of Suffering

14363815694_fcbc234525_bThis week, in conjunction with the launch of the Change Direction campaign for mental health awareness, TeacherPop’s wellbeing expert, Janna Miller, is addressing mental health in our schools. Today’s post, part III in the series, discusses the five signs of suffering, how to recognize if someone is experiencing emotional pain, and what you can do to help. Read part I and part II here.