Teachers don’t get much downtime during the day, but when they have a few extra minutes to relax and enjoy a snack, a well-designed teacher’s lounge can help staff feel appreciated. Here are a few things to consider adding to your school’s teacher’s lounge.
A Good Coffee Maker
One essential for keeping many teachers happy? Coffee! Having at least one Keurig machine in a teacher’s lounge will not only help caffeinate the staff, but will also prevent issues over who is going to clean the coffee pots, replace the filters, and supply the coffee. Staff can either keep their own personal supply of Keurig cups, or the lounge can supply them. Another great thing about Keurig machines? You’re not limited to just coffee. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and a range of other mixes are available to suit a wider range of tastes.
A Trading Center
It can be as simple as a designated corner on a countertop, a drawer, or even a small storage cabinet. A trading center is a useful place where teachers can swap or donate items they no longer need, such as craft supplies, books, or any teaching related items.
A Community Bulletin Board
We see them everywhere – supermarkets, fast-food restaurants – a community bulletin board where anyone can post advertisements. Hanging a board in a teacher’s lounge will give staff the opportunity to communicate with their coworkers that they might not see on a daily basis. It’s a great place to post for-sale items, an ad for child care, or even a funny photo to brighten the day.
Teachers are on their feet for most of their workday. Having a nice, comfortable place to rest their body during their break will go a long way in overall wellness.
Let’s face it, teachers are overworked and underappreciated. Many even have to take a working lunch break, or worse, don’t get a break at all. Nothing’s worse than getting to the teacher’s lounge to heat up your lunch only to find there are four people waiting on the microwave. Having multiple microwaves or toaster ovens saves time and keeps everyone happy!