Happy September, y’all! Whether you’ve been back in the classroom for a few weeks or are looking forward to the first day of school after Labor Day, it’s never too late to think about self-care and how to establish positive rituals to support your wellbeing during the coming months. We all know teaching is hard, and it’s important to codify a few easy stress-busters that you can count on to keep your mind and body level and strong for yourself and your students.
As a teacher, being able to unwind from school is very important. Letting go and disconnecting from the classroom during the summer—and for a few hours each day during the school year—will keep you on top your game when you return to the classroom. (We know a little “me time” goes a long way when you’re a teacher.)
TeacherPop also understands that finding the time and effective ways to disconnect from the classroom can sometimes be challenging. But don’t worry, we’ve come up with a few awesome strategies to unwind from teaching. Check them out below!
Summer is the perfect time for enjoying the outdoors, which means loading up the grill. Below are some of our favorite grilling seasonings—perfect for meat, fish, and veggies. We make these and store them in Tupperware for easy use!
“Sante Fe Special”
This seasoning tastes amazing on meats, and is perfect for taco night or elevating your burgers.
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Anna’s husband loves soup. Hard stop. Hot, cold, chunky, puréed — you name it. When it’s hot out, he’ll order gazpacho in any variation. Traditional, fruity, chunky, smooth, appetizer, entrée — it doesn’t matter. Anna, however, has never been a big fan.
She’s not a huge soup person in general. (She likes to chew things, she admits.) Also, the idea of cold soup freaked her out. But every time her husband ordered it, he offered her a bite. When Anna finally tried it, she deemed it “not bad.” Gazpacho slowly crept into a space that no longer scared her.
Looking for a way to change up Taco Tuesday? Tired of lettuce wraps? Well, you won’t be disappointed with these zucchini taco boats! They pack a little more heft than your typical veggie-wrapped taco because there are so many extra vegetables mixed in. Bring your appetite and enjoy!
What You Need
- 4 medium zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
- 1/2 cup mild salsa
- 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
For many teachers, summer doesn’t come soon enough. It’s an opportunity to catch up on sleep, hang out more with friends, and enjoy some good old-fashioned “me time.” Leaving the classroom and the daily routine behind for two months is just what many teachers need to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate.
But for some, the loss of structure that comes with summer break is disorienting. When you’re so used to having all the daily responsibilities associated with teaching, setting them aside for two months can be very stressful.
This summer broccoli slaw is a twist on one of our fall favorites—Anna’s creamy carrot ribbon salad. This takes her yummy and refreshing cilantro lime dressing and combines it with a hearty veggie perfect for backyard barbecues, a day at the beach, or as a topping for burgers. You can make this one a day in advance and let it soak in the fridge—the broccoli is hearty enough to hold the dressing. The longer it sits, the more it melds together and becomes even more flavorful. For a complete meal, add chicken or fish to go with the salad. This recipe should serve about four.
As spring begins to heat up and summer approaches, we’re looking for our meals to get a little bit lighter. We do tacos wrapped in lettuce a ton, but this time we decided to go for Asian flavors! As a child we often frequented P.F. Chang’s and ALWAYS had to get the lettuce wraps. We tried to recreate those flavors here with our own fresh twist. Serve with a simple cucumber salad or sautéed green beans!
What You Need
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil or coconut oil