5 Ways to Build Little Citizens

5 ways to build little citizens

Every day on my way to work, I pass a billboard that reads, “Sink or Swim Isn’t a Teaching Philosophy.” If I had seen this billboard before I started teaching, I would have screamed a confident, deafening “DUH!” But eight months in, it’s not an easy task. The billboard serves as a daily reminder that prompts me to question my own teaching philosophy. Am I letting my students sink, or am I teaching them how to swim?

Brown Baggin’ It: Beefy Ratatouille

ratatouilleBrown 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.

Not nearly as time-intensive as the beautiful dish made in the animated film, but just as delicious, if not more so because you made it yourself. The addition of ground beef to the French country-side classic, makes this a hearty full-meal that will fill tummies and make everyone happy.

What You’ll Need

1 lb Grass-Fed Ground Beef

3 Tbsp Ghee

12 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness 

12 reasons to practice mindfulness

This is the second in a series of three posts devoted to the topic of mindfulness. Read part I here.

In my last post, I defined the concept of mindfulness. In short, mindfulness is the nonjudgmental acceptance of experiences in the present moment. The practice of mindfulness has gained a lot of attention, and research has found that mindfulness leads to a plethora of benefits. Below is a list of many of these benefits along with links to find out more about each.

Motivation Monday: Essential

There is no profession more essential than that of an educator.

Next Level Teacher Organization: The Power of the Notebook

Next Level Teacher Organization: The Power of the Notebook

When my assistant principal suggested that I sign up for a teacher organization professional development, I was offended. I always turn in my lesson plans on time, I never miss meetings, and unread emails don’t stack up in my inbox. I’m already ahead of the curve, aren’t I?

But then again, I also couldn’t find the old email that explained the training. And when I showed my assistant principal the half sheet of paper that acted as my planner for the week, she laughed at me. (I don’t even have an example of this; it would always go in the trash at the end of each week.)

Brown Baggin’ It: Chicken Salad Salad!

Teach Eat Repeat: Chicken Salad SaladBrown 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 Whole30 compliant salad is easy to make, creamy, and the perfect lunch. Put it on a salad, toss it in a wrap, or tuck it into a tortilla with salsa; there are tons of ways to mix this baby up!

What You’ll Need

  • 1.5 pounds cooked chicken (grilled, baked, boiled, pick your favorite). We use pre-grilled, Trader Joe’s chicken, which made this recipe even easier to make!

What’s the Big Deal About Mindfulness?

what is mindfulness?This will be the first in a series of three posts devoted to the topic of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a word that gets thrown around a lot in our society. But in spite of the growing attention given to mindfulness, many of us are still left wondering what this word exactly means. If we were asked to define it, many of us would be stumped.

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.