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Second Semester Self-Care Tips for Teachers

It’s natural to feel a duty to your students and other people in your life, but it’s also important to remember this time of year that your mental and physical health should be a priority. See if you’re hitting all the must-dos on this list of self-care tips! Why is Self-Care So Important? Much […]

How to Find Balance Over Summer Break

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough job that requires most of your focus during the school year. And let’s face it, that spills over into the summer, too. While it might be a challenge, it’s important for educators to practice self-care during summer break so the return to school […]

A Teacher’s Reflection & Goals

The end of the school year can be filled with a flurry of activities leaving you a little dazed and feeling a little let down as you send your class on to the next teacher. But this is no time to waste energy on things you can’t change. Now is a great time to sit […]

Are You a Good Role Model for Your Students When It Comes to Healthy Behaviors?

While parents may be their children’s first role models, teachers and other school staff are also very influential in shaping nutritional and physical activity behaviors of students. From kindergarten through high school, kids typically spend 6+ hours each day, 5 days a week, 180 days a year, at school. With that amount of time, […]

Desk Organization Solutions

Most teachers face a common challenge: keeping their desks clean and organized. With all the student work, lesson plan paperwork, and other classroom supplies you deal with on a daily basis, it’s understandable that keeping your desk neat and clutter-free can be a challenge. 5 Ways to Organize Your Teacher’s Desk Fortunately, with a […]

Summer To Do List for Art Teachers

Summer is upon us. You made it through another school year, and the next several weeks are your reward. Make the most of your time with these tips to help compile your summer to-do list. Things All Art Teachers Should Do This Summer Sleep Sleep in, sleep late, sleep long, sleep in the middle […]

Daily Tips to Stay Happy and Healthy All Week Long

Teaching is an incredibly time-consuming job, and sometimes you’re so busy that there’s no time left over for yourself to eat right or get enough exercise. It can leave you totally stressed out. You can’t give your students your best without taking care of yourself, so it’s important to practice some self-care throughout the week — it can’t wait […]

Essential Items for Classroom Organization

At the halfway point of the school year, many teachers take time to reflect on what’s working and what’s not working in their classroom. Many factors can throw off an otherwise great lesson plan or learning experience. One of those is lacking necessary items for a system of classroom organization. Having an organized classroom […]

10 Fun Ways to Rest, Relax and Recharge Over Winter Break

Start your countdown — Christmas vacation is almost here! Of course, you still have to get through holiday concerts, kids on a sugar high from all the cookies and candy, dealing with stressed-out parents and one big classroom party before you can get 2015 in the books, but it’s so close you can almost taste […]

Your Holiday Break Checklist So You Can Enjoy the Holidays

Students aren’t the only ones who look forward to the holiday break. Teachers and administrators also enjoy spending time with family and friends. Many educators spend part of the break preparing their classrooms for the return of students in January. A proactive approach will allow you to truly enjoy your holiday break while being […]

10 Tips for an Attitude Adjustment

The holidays are nearly here and odds are teachers are really ready for a break! Months of being “on”—giving your very best to every art class and every student every day—may have taken a toll on your attitude and maybe even your self-esteem. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, undervalued, or just plain worn out heading […]