Inspiration for the weekend.

TeachRunEat: maintaining the calm while being an insanely busy elementary school teacher

I think I am finally crawling out from under the huge pile of stuff that needed to be done at the beginning of the school year. This was my first weekend that wasn’t jam-packed with plans, either, so I finally had some time to relax and catch up. Here are some lovely things for maintaining a healthy life while being an insanely busy elementary school teacher:

For maintaining the calm:

A gratitude list for fall

Don’t worry, be happy now.

For staying healthy:

3 ways to start making your life an adventure.

pumpkin + oatmeal = the best combination in the world

I had this last night and it was delicious. Alas, the end of cherry tomato season is here.

For keeping the passion for teaching:

I want to put these illustrations from Maurice Sendak up in my classroom.

A lesson in how teachers became resented and idealized.

Inspiration for the weekend

peace-through-yoga from Teach Run Eat

Well it’s official! My students and I survived the first week of school! It was four intense (but fun) days that didn’t leave a lot of time for self-care. This year I’m making it a goal to bring some of that summer calm into the school year. I want to find ways to maintain a healthy life, while still keeping my passion for teaching high. So here are some links for just that:

For maintaining the calm:

7 things I’m grateful for right now.

6 health lessons everyone can learn from introverts.

The unexpected benefit of being bad at yoga Being perfect at yoga, even being good at yoga, was simply not a goal of mine anymore. Instead, I started focusing on how my body felt, on what it was telling me. And, once I listened to it, I could begin giving myself what I needed.

For staying healthy:

Easy refrigerator pickles.

Food that magically regrows itself.

Scrambled tofu dish, for using up any vegetables you have.

For keeping the passion for teaching:

Guiding guided play in New York City’s prekindergarten.
This speaks to me, as a kindergarten teacher who can barely find time for free choice, let alone guided exploration time. Apparently NYC’s school chancellor has a commitment to “joyful learning” (so cool!) and wants to make sure “poor children will theoretically be taught as the city’s affluent are, which is to say according to the principles of immersive, play-based, often self-directed and project-driven learning.”

A very cool research project: Calling all parents who are parenting outside the gender box.

I love these ideas for weekly nature walks with your kids.

“Attention is the beginning of devotion.” – Mary Oliver always gets it right

Inspiration for the weekend.

passionateWell it’s hard to believe, but another school year is starting! I’ve been doing a lot of reading of education and teaching articles, while also trying to maintain a sense of peace (aka find ways to stop freaking out about the beginning of the school year). I want to carry over some of that summer calm into my classroom this year. So here are some links on how to maintain a healthy life, while still keeping your passion for teaching high.

For maintaining the calm:

How to live to 100: drink wine and walk.

Walking toward peace.

For staying healthy:

Summer eats: zucchini eggplant tomato gratin / tomato stack salad with corn & avocado / berry goat cheese & almond salad

Good morning yoga sequence.

For keeping the passion for teaching:

Teach about Mike Brown. But don’t stop there.

An awesome Pinterest board full of social justice teaching ideas.

My new favorite blog: NPR Ed.

A print I want for my classroom: “I will let them be little, fill their hearts with laughter, let them grow wings.”

Inspiration for the weekend.

goldensunflowers

The sunflowers are still in bloom all around, which makes me happy. Here are some links for the weekend:

A take no sh*t list for your well-being. You are a vigorous being of worth – plant your feet, own your brilliance and show up to this world by being in service to yourself with these nine steps.

To eat: Chipotle sweet potato and brown rice egg skillet. It was delicious.

My new idea for family communication this year: weekly letters home, with family resources attached. Here’s my Pinterest board with the resources I have gathered so far.

Why teaching “respect” won’t end violence for women.

What do we teach when kids are dying? #MichaelBrown  How do we become a more just society? How do we get better than this?

Inspiration for the weekend.

wildflowers

The flowers are blooming like crazy around here, and I never can decide which I like better, the spring bloom or the summer. I’m grateful for both. Here are some links to help start a beautiful summer weekend.

Food packaging materials contain a lot of iffy chemicals. Yikes.

Any idea how much water it takes to grow ONE almond? A gallon. Crap.

A beautiful tribute to dragonflies, my mom’s favorite insect.

There’s a lot of junk food at the School Nutrition Conference. I used to work for an organization that promoted healthy school lunches, and articles like this make me cringe.

How to ride a bike in a skirt! So awesome!

11 TED talks to give you wanderlust (as if I need more help in that department).

One of my favorite genres to read, as a non-scientist, is fiction books about scientists/naturalists and the adventures they have (think Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett). Turns out a lot of other people do too. Here’s a whole podcast on it.

On having one priority to help organize your life.

On living the simple life.

Inspiration for the weekend

rachelcarson

Amazing interview with Sylvia Earle, the first person to walk on the bottom of the ocean.

I used to think I was a complete extrovert, but as I get older I realize that I am much more in the middle of the extrovert-introvert continuum. So I appreciated this article: Six health lessons everyone can learn from introverts.

Rules to live by.

Delicious eats to try: Carrot salad with tahini and crisped chickpeas / Zucchini pickles / Peach and roasted vegetable salad.

The problem with pre-eating. <– I do this all the time. Chips and hummus are my weakness.

The quote above.

Inspiration for the (long) weekend.

hemingwayYou probably have too much stuff.

Choosing the “healthiest” sugar…when really, all sugars are sugars.

Teaching kids kindness by having a Kindness Jar in the classroom.

Delicious eats: Spring green risotto with peas and asparagus / Cauliflower and roasted chickpeas / Rhubarb oat quick bread

I’m always looking for blogs and articles to further educate myself on social justice issues. Here’s one from NPR’s “Code Switch,” about race, culture and ethnicity in America.

Inspiration for the weekend

allthegoldenlandsI travel to feel lonely…on purpose. What farm-to-table got wrong.

A fascinating idea of how we need to cook with the whole farm. (Farmers spend years making healthy soil by growing cover crops, but most of those cover crops just go to animal feed. If there was a market for buying those crops, farmers would make more money.)

What you think “organic” means may be different than what it actually means. (Basically, it means the food is only 95% pesticide-free. For the other 5%, they can use any chemicals approved by the USDA. Of which there are quite a few.)

40 of the best science podcasts for mobile learning. Having never studied science, I’m always looking for ways to improve my science knowledge so I can teach it to my students.

My current obsession for lunches: Kale avocado wrap.

One of my favorite radio programs has two awesome shows this week: Rethinking Schools and The Secret Language of Plants.

I used this book a lot when I was teaching at a nature center, and I forgot it existed! So now I want to get it. Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children.

Inspiration for the weekend

Inspired by these blogs, I’ve decided to bring back my “Inspiration for the Weekend” tradition. One of my favorite things to do on weekend mornings is sit with a cup of coffee and read inspirational articles that I find on the blogs I follow, as well as Pinterest, Tumblr, and other websites. This ritual helps me to slow down after a crazy week of teaching, and makes me focus on what’s important. There’s so much out there to learn and absorb, so I want to begin sharing some of my favorites again. Here’s what I’ve been reading, making, or doing this week.

52 lists. An awesome list-making/journaling project for 2014.

These easy, quick (and healthy!) banana peanut butter chocolate cookies.

A great way to use up cabbage: Curried cabbage in mild yogurt (I ate it with tofu and jasmine rice which was a perfect combination)

When you’re feeling self-doubt and a lack of motivation.

This podcast on the economics of well-being (aka money can make you happy up to a certain point but it’s better to spend it on experiences rather than things)