Teachers Can Have Fun, Too! with NESTLÉ® Crunch® (+ a giveaway)

Who said adults can’t have fun? And by fun I obviously mean chocolate bars. While heading back to work post-summer vacation can cause a pretty bad case of the Mondays, NESTLÉ® Crunch® chocolate bars provide an awfully good pick-me-up when it comes to a long day of teaching. Teachers deserve to have fun while at school, too!

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Just one month ago I was paddling down the Clarion River, letting the cadence of the waves carry my kayak downstream. It was a Monday afternoon and not a soul on the water. Just the lapping of the waves against the boulders and the occasional splash of fish. Peaceful and perfect for reflections and daydreams.

Fast forward to now, and the hopes of a weekday retreat are gone, the hustle and bustle of a new school year back in full swing. The weekend is a reprieve from the fast pace of it all, but come Monday it’s back to the grind. Mondays are filled with meetings, remediation sessions, lessons, and grading papers, and it’s easy to get lost in the routine of it all. Don’t get me wrong — I’m thankful for the reliability, especially as a type-A personality who needs to have my day relatively scheduled. But occasionally (when I get that rare few second breather in the middle of a hectic afternoon) I find myself longing for the summer days not long ago, when I could throw my bike into the trunk and speed off to the lake in the afternoon, or go swimming in the falls on a whim.

I may not be able to have that kind of impromptu adventure these days, but I can decide to not let a drab Monday get me down. Especially when I’ve got a day packed full of teaching my kiddos story elements and good writing habits. Why not have some chocolate fun with the day’s lessons?

Wondering how to have some teaching fun of your own?

My #LifeHackToBoredom with NESTLÉ® Crunch®

Embrace pop culture // Giant nerd that I am, I’m all about including references to my favorite movies, comic books, and video games to make a lesson more fun. For me, it’s not only about creating a lesson that students connect to, but also one that’s fun for me to teach. I could easily put generic clip art or Google images on class notes, but a photo of Dumbledore to represent the trope of the mentor makes the concept all the more memorable.

Take work outside // One of my favorite things to do at the end of last school year was to take my AP Literature classes outside to read. With Senioritis setting in and AP exams over, getting teenagers engrossed in and wanting to read a novel is no easy feat. But who doesn’t love sitting outside in the sun and fresh air? I know I did as a high school student, and I do even now! A change of scenery and chance to sprawl out on the grass/patio led to many fruitful discussions, a fun atmosphere, and a genuinely interested community.

My #LifeHackToBoredom with NESTLÉ® Crunch® bars

Decorate your desk // Maybe it’s the long lost pre-teen girl in me, but there’s something about hanging posters from the walls and decorating binder labels that makes me unabashedly happy. If you’re going to be anywhere for 8 hours straight, you might as well make it a pleasing, comfortable place to be.

Fill your workspace with things that make you smile and realize that not everything has to have a purpose. Lego Millennium Falcon on my desk? Pop Funko Batgirl on the bookshelf? I look at them and laugh every time, without fail. Mondays aren’t so bad after all.

Act it out // Nothing screams fun like getting up and getting a little bit ridiculous! Reading a story the same way each time can be a bore, but actively performing events or even just providing sound effects (galloping horses while reading Sleepy Hollow, anyone?) instantly ups the excitement.

Grab a mid-afternoon snack! // Come one o’clock I need a pick me up that’s a little more exciting to help me power through an afternoon of classes. Plus, a NESTLÉ® Crunch® bar in hand makes waiting for the copier to spit out 65 note packets that much more fun. Note to teachers: don’t expect a whole bag of NESTLÉ® Buncha Crunch® to last more than an afternoon. Keeping chocolate on supply at your desk sounds like a great idea, until you realize you’ve eaten it all. Which may not necessarily be a bad thing.

My #LifeHackToBoredom with NESTLÉ® Crunch®

Still want to break up the monotony in your day-to-day? Enter below to win $20 (yes! — $20!) and treat yourself to something fun!

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And because I was always the child who hit up the houses that had NESTLÉ® Crunch® bars twice multiple times each Halloween, I encourage you to visit NESTLÉ® Crunch® on Facebook to share your love of NESTLÉ® Crunch® and your own personal #LifeHackToBoredom tips!

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Links for your perusing pleasure!

♥ It’s back to school for many, and I can’t help but admire Sylvia Plath’s 10 Back to School Commandments
How to Personalize Your Planner on a Budget
True Story: I’m a YA Author
♥ This got pushed into the deep, dark recesses of my inbox, but it’s still such a sweet story. Boy asked mailman for junk mail to read, and the mailman responded spectacularly
Philosophy explained with donuts
♥ Earlier this summer I made my friend, who had never read/seen Harry Potter before save for “the one with the werewolves” watch the first movie. Similarly, people who’ve never read the Harry Potter books tried to answer questions about the series, and it’s pretty spot on.
The Everywhereist answers spam emails and it’s downright hilarious. I think all bloggers can sympathize
Let’s Talk About Millennial Poverty
♥ Suffering from writer’s block? Here are 25 tips to beat writer’s block once and for all!
How many words are in a novel?
♥ Buzzfeed claims it can predict your taste in men based off your taste in pizza. Accurate?
Stephen Colbert for GQ — longer, but well worth the read
♥ Decoupage your own geeky bag with Le Fancy Geek!
18 stories and novels read by Neil Gaiman, for free. Online. Because he’s got such a soothing and perfect storyteller voice and I know I’ve turned you all into Neil Gaiman obsessives anyway

In case you missed it… we’re reading Station Eleven in September and the reviews I’ve heard about it have been stellar! I shared some of my favorite blog organization tricks, including setting up your editorial calendar with Trello and a beginner’s guide to Periscope.

What fun links have you found lately?

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Link Love post (though I have to say, not being on the Internet as much, while not conducive to these posts, has been nice!) I may drop this series to fewer times a month, so I’m not sucked into more hours spent online, but time will tell!

This week I’m back with a whole treasure trove of links for you all!

Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, research from The Reading Agency finds
♥ New to the Teacup? Get to know me better thanks to 4 Things…
♥ Coming to the ‘burgh? Here’s where to find Pittsburgh’s best pierogies
22 Indisputable Reasons Pittsburgh is the Best City for Writers
Drinking tea — an act of revolutionary feminism
♥ I’m still not sure where I stand on trigger warnings in college, but I’m just going to leave these here: The Coddling of the American Mind, I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify MeI Was a Liberal Adjunct Professor, Saying Trigger Warnings ‘Coddle the Mind’ Completely Misses the Point — Where do you stand on the issue?
♥ Looking to publish your work? Wonderlust Literary Zine is accepting submissions through September 18th!
143 activities to add to your self-care plan
♥ Roman Holiday is a favorite of mine, so seeing this part of Audrey Hepburn’s screen test for Roman Holiday was a treat!
The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Batgirl
Punctuating Questions is Surprisingly Hard! Here’s how to make it way easier.
10 Reasons to Use Your Local Library
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy taught me about satire, Vogons, and even economics

In case you missed it…I just recently participated in my first Booktube-A-Thon, shared my favorite fictional vehicles spaceships, and discussed one of my favorite books of 2015 — The Rest of Us Just Live Here (book review)

What fun links have you found lately?

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I am covered in all kinds of mosquito bites from a week spent at bonfires and outdoor concerts with my kick-butt family members. It’s been worth every itchy bug bite (maybe), but that means I’ve spent little time around the computer this week gathering links. Here’s what I’ve got!

♥ The question you always keep asking yourself: Whom should you be writing for? Yourself or your readers?
How one designer made the Facebook icon more empowering
♥ This teen’s self-published book on bullying was just picked up by Scholastic. How cool is that?
♥ Get your summer YA book horoscope courtesy of ForeverYA
Paper Towns vs. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl: How John Green’s novel dismantles the trope
5 Great Books on Writing

What fun links have you found lately?

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Fantastic ways to say no
Why I’ll always love boy bands
♥ Language-wise a bit NSFW, but an otherwise insightful piece that’s (probably) true long past your 20s — Things You Learn When a Long-term Relationship Collapses in Your Twenties
♥ It’s not uncommon to hear about how difficult Japanese is from English-speakers. But what about the other side? What do Japanese college students think of English?
Kissaten: A slowly dying part of Japanese culture (that I miss dearly from my own trips to Japan!) They’re much more than a coffee shop
♥ Speaking of Japan, Kam just got back from her trip there! Here are her top 10 things to do in Japan.
53 of the Most Heartbreaking Sentences in Fantasy Books
♥ And on that note, 51 of the most beautiful sentences in literature
♥ The evolution of the American home, as told by interactive slide-thingy
4 of the biggest Pinterest marketing mistakes (and how you can fix them!)
5 Ways to Find Your Writing Ritual
♥ If you’re like me and better at making plans than executing them, check out The Simple Dollar’s 10 Strategies for Becoming a Doer
Dramatic irony in Jurassic Park. You heard me.
♥ Talk about hopeful and beautiful: Gail Simone’s Inspiring Tweet-Storm About the Bright Present & Future of Comics


What fun links have you found lately?