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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Make the Most of Short Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Make the Most of Short Conferences

Have you attended a cattle call, I mean high school parent-teacher conferences lately? You have 2 hours to meet with as many teachers as possible. The teachers are all sitting at desks in the gym with the world’s smallest timers. Do you stand in a […]

How to Know if Your Teen Needs a Tutor

How to Know if Your Teen Needs a Tutor

“I think your child would benefit from working with a tutor.” Conversation killer, my friends. No parent wants to hear that their teen needs a tutor. But, it was a conversation that I needed to have with parents over the years. By the time I […]

E-mail Etiquette for Teens: Free e-mail scripts!

E-mail Etiquette for Teens: Free e-mail scripts!

It was the end of a very long day. Sassy students, technology fails, and (joy!) a staff meeting after school. I was working at home, writing a lesson plan for the next day. Needing a file from a co-worker, I checked my e-mail. And there […]

My Favorite Podcasts for Social Studies Nerds!

My Favorite Podcasts for Social Studies Nerds!

I love podcasts. Like really love podcasts. I probably listen to 10 hours of podcasts a week while walking outside, cooking, driving, working on the computer . . . you get the point. I listen to a variety of podcasts, but most fall under a typical […]

The Truth About Improving a Low Grade

The Truth About Improving a Low Grade

It happened every year without fail – the week before school ended, a student came to me. “Ms. P – my grade is real bad. What can I do to improve my low grade?” One week before school ended.   My response usually went some thing […]

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Moby Dick was almost my downfall. I was in junior Advanced English and doing well. Until we read Moby Dick. Half the time I had no idea what was happening in the book, let alone the deeper meaning and symbols. Yet all my classmates seems […]

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Needs to Volunteer + How to Find Volunteer Opportunities

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Needs to Volunteer + How to Find Volunteer Opportunities

I can’t draw, but boy can I paint. Paint by numbers, that is. I was volunteering at a Washington, DC public school, helping paint murals on the walls. Luckily, someone else had already drawn the mural on the wall and I simply filled in the […]

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

Imagine that it’s crunch time. Kids are in the thick of AP and IB exams with finals just around the corner. The stress level in the school and at home building is rising. Out goes free time and in comes study sessions and flashcards.   […]

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

The last week was ROUGH. Like “Where is the chocolate? I need it in my mouth right now before I end up crying in the fetal position” kind of rough. Even more than a week later, I am still processing what happened in Charlottesville and […]

6 Ways Teens Can Start the School Year Off Right

6 Ways Teens Can Start the School Year Off Right

Did you ever just want a fresh start? You know, a chance to start again, a chance to remake yourself into a better version of you? Or to remake a bad reputation? Teachers and students get the chance each school year to start over. It […]