24 Helpful Resources for Promoting Teacher Self Care

It is easy to become overwhelmed by all there is to do at school at home. Without intentionally creating boundaries, the responsibilities of teaching can easily consume you.

This school year, let’s make a commitment to change. Let’s commit to self care and creating a better work life balance. Here are 24 self care teacher resources including how to get started, strategies for the classroom, and mindfulness books for teachers.

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How to Create Better Work Life Balance as a Teacher

With the start of the school year, it’s difficult to let go of the carefree days of summer for the busyness that going back to school brings. While finding a balance between work and life is difficult for many, it’s particularly difficult for teachers, whose work is not over when the final bell rings.

What should overworked teachers do to help balance the demands of the classroom with the demands of home, and hopefully manage to find some “me” time in between? Here are just a few tips to begin mastering home and school life balance.


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Seven Simple Ways to Practice Self Care This Year

Self care. It’s a hot topic right now and for a very good reason. As a society, we’re working more hours than ever and it’s negatively impacting both our physical and mental health. Teachers find themselves especially guilty of trying to do it all while neglecting their own care. This is especially true at the beginning of the year.

Taking time to protect your own well-being benefits not only you, but everyone around you. That includes your students. This year, make it a goal to prioritize self care. Here are seven simple ways to get started.

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Celebrate Women's History Month with a Book Every Day of the Year

180 Books to Celebrate Women’s History | Women’s history shouldn’t be taught in March alone. Instead, help students celebrate the achievements of women all year long with this list of 180 children’s books. | everythingjustso.org


Whether you’re looking for mentor texts for guided reading, popular kids titles for close reading activities, or just the best kids books to celebrate school holidays, this list is for you. It includes several categories of celebrated women including artists, athletes, authors, creators, scientists, and more.

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Three Simple Ways to Improve Communication with Families

Three Simple Ways to Improve Communication with Families | One of the best ways to improve relationships with your students is to build strong connections with their families. With all there is to do, this can be difficult to do. Here are three simple ways to make it work. | everythingjustso.org #parentcommunication #classroommanagement #upperelementary

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Support Struggling Students with Powerful Mentor Meetings

Building personal connections is one of the most important components of being a successful teacher. When students know you care, they are more apt to listen to and learn from you. This is especially true for students who are struggling. Mentor Meetings is one classroom management strategy that really works. Partnering students with adults who care is a great way to encourage, build trust, and extend a student’s community. | everythingjustso.org

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How to Quickly Create a Successful Lunch Bunch

How to Use Lunch Bunch with Your Students | Lunch Bunch can be one of the easiest behavior management strategies that also builds a positive classroom community. Here are six tips to get one up and running tomorrow. | everythingjustso.org #classroommanagement #upperelementary #lunchbunch

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All Types of Books Perfect for Valentine's Day

All Types of Books Perfect for Valentine's Day |  Whether you’re looking for mentor texts for guided reading, popular kids titles for close reading activities, or just the best kids books to celebrate school holidays, this list is for you. Includes picture and chapter books, kids poetry books, and children’s read alouds. | everythingjustso.org #valentinesday #booklists #valentinesdaybooks #upperelementary

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Ten Powerful Children's Books that Teach Kids to Be Kind

Ten Children’s Books that Teach Kids to be Kind | When teaching character skills, it’s often helpful to start with a children’s book. To support my monthly thankful for kindness writing, I compiled a list of popular children’s books that are perfect mentor texts. These are the best children’s books I’ve found for kindness. | everythingjustso.org #childrensbooks #kindness #kindnessmatters #kindnessbooks #upperelementary

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One Simple Exercise for Teaching Students to be Thankful

One Simple Exercise for Teaching Students to be Thankful | November and the holiday of Thanksgiving provide the perfect opportunity for sneaking in lessons about thankfulness. This simple exercise will kickstart a process that you can repeat all year long. Post includes free printable | everythingjustso.org #kindness #kindnessmatters #kindnesswriting #upperelementary #charactereducation

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How to Improve Student Relationships Through Simple Writing

How to Improve Student Relationships Through Simple Writing | Communication, like in any relationship, is key to building a positive classroom community. Although we know it’s important, finding the time to talk authentically with students can be difficult. However, there are a few strategies that build relationships with students and make a big impact in classroom behavior. These three classroom management strategies (and free writing resources) are simple and are sure to improve behavior management in any classroom. | everythingjustso.org

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Classroom Organization Tips for an Easy End of the Year

Classroom Organization Tips for an Easy End of the Year | Closing up shop at the end of the school year can be time consuming and a bit overwhelming. However, following a few organization tips several weeks in advance can dramatically reduce and ease your workload. Here are six steps for classroom organization at the end of the year and a free printable tool to help keep you on track. | everythingjustso.org

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Why Choosing Substance is Always Better When Celebrating Holidays

It’s easy to choose cute over substance when celebrating school holidays. But our students deserve more. Here are three reasons why choosing substance over fluff is always better when celebrating holidays in the upper elementary classroom. Plus help finding teaching resources to bring both meaning and fun when planning holiday activities throughout the year. | everythingjustso.org

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10 Super Simple Resources to Encourage a Love of Poetry

10 Super Simple Resources to Encourage a Love of Poetry | April is National Poetry Month. Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas to use in the month of April or all through the year, these ten simple resources will help encourage a love of poetry in your upper elementary students. Use these popular children’s books, teaching resources, and other materials to broaden students understanding and appreciation of poetry. | everythingjustso.org

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My Simplest Way to Celebrate Read Across America Day

My Simplest Way to Celebrate Read Across America Day | On Read Across America Day, move the focus from Dr. Seuss Week to its intended purpose – encouraging students to celebrate reading. Rather than focusing on one author, it’s the perfect time to create a reading day for exploring diverse children’s literature from multiple writers. Here’s how I celebrated Read Across America in my upper elementary classroom in the simplest, but most effective way. | everythingjustso.org

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