Workout Ideas For Teachers

Teacher Talk: What do you do to kick back in the summer?

Ah, summer. No papers to grade, no lessons to plan, no kids, no…anything.

Summer can get kind of boring if we don’t keep ourselves busy doing something until the bells start ringing again come August.

For me, it’s catching up on blogs that I like: The Everygirl, Apartment Therapy. Edweek. I also do some reading (this year it’s been Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Personal Finance For Dummies, and King Lear.)

I also drink lots of coffee, though that’s not too different from normal school-year behavior. Sugarbakeshop is my favorite place to plan, blog-surf, and chill. And it is dangerously close  to our apartment.

I also like to do my fair share of running if my knees permit it, and to keep the knees happy, I do barre here. BYSE4 is my new barre home, and I love it! Taking classes always helps me remember how to be a student and follow instead of  lead. It’s great, and it’s inspiring to see a good barre teacher in action!

Summer gives me time to refocus. I get to let go of the things that aren’t important and get myself ready to work hard during the school year. It really is a great trade off. I am so excited to meet my kiddos and start feeling like I’m actually doing something again!

Teachers, what do you do on your summer break? Are you working a second job? Planning lessons from day to night? Or are you maxin’ and relaxin?

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An infusion of technology, and why teachers need to run and do yoga

Things have been pretty cray in room 102 lately. 

In a good way, of course. Except these lovely responses from my most colorful class, my middle schoolers: ImageImage



Never a dull moment. 


Our school recently received a grant that got us interactive whiteboards, so I am anticipating learning to work with a new classroom toy. In the meantime I’ve been reveling in the wonder of using an LCD projector—I am doing a rhetoric unit with my high school students, and I’ve been using Prezi to deliver content (you can look at my presentation for Rhetoric here). We are having some great discussions and the kids are learning how to identify fallacies in their daily lives. Pretty beautiful stuff. Soon they’ll be examining the Declaration of Independence and writing their own declarations from something in their lives. For some reason I get really pumped to teach the Declaration…which is something I would have never believed if I knew that part about me when I was a high schooler.   


Year two of teaching is more difficult and more easy in many ways, but I think the most important thing to calibrate is balance in all areas of life. This goes for everything—housework, church, workout routine, social time, family time*, errands, cooking. For me the easiest to fit in is workout routine. If I feel like I’m letting my body go, then my mind goes right along with it—I need to exercise my body when my brain is being fried all day. Yoga has allowed me to rest all judgements, all the lies I hear and believe, and worries at the mat (in addition to relieving the lower back pain I get from…) 

Running! Oh running, you terrible tease. One day I’m feeling great, knees don’t feel a thing, and the next day I feel like I have arthritis. And my ankle hurts. And my foot does this weird crack thing. And sometimes it doesn’t. And when I’m having a twenty-something running day and not a senior citizen running day, it is truly a blessing. I got to run with coworkers last night and it was wonderful (even though it was about 35 degrees). Our conversations are pretty cathartic, as is the icy air. Also when I run I get lesson plan ideas, so…double whammy.  

Long day at school, heart full. 



*I got to see my mom, dad, sister, and dog this weekend. So rejuvenating. 

Taking a “Spring” Break

This doesn’t have much to do with education, but I think it’s relevant.

I am on spring break, which has simply consisted of me waking up, making breakfast, drinking coffee, watching 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and going to Pure Barre every day.

What is Pure Barre? It’s the reason why I’ve been sitting on my butt every day before and after I go. It kicks your butt, arms, thighs, abs, calves, shoulders—-everything. I am exhausted and it’s all I’ve been doing. It’s a ballet/pilates/yoga workout that uses small movements, minimal weight, and is low-impact. Since I haven’t been able to run recently because of knee pain, this is about the only workout that hasn’t hurt my knees but is rigorous enough to challenge me.