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9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

I was raised by a busy single mom. But every year she took extra time off during Christmas Break to spend with my brother and me. Family time got harder to come by as we got older. Jobs, friends, and other commitments got in the […]

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the link and buy an item, I earn a small commission. This doesn’t cost you a penny. As always, I only recommend products or services I use and love. Thanks for your support!   During December, […]

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

“Wow – you teach high school? That must be rough. Teenagers are horrible.” I have heard variations of that phrase over and over again through the years. Have you? Have you said it yourself? Everyone seems to hate teenagers. And I get it. They can […]

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the link and buy an item, I earn a small commission. This doesn’t cost you a penny. As always, I only recommend products or services I use and love. Thanks for your support! In my husband’s […]

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the link and buy an item, I earn a small commission. This doesn’t cost you a penny. As always, I only recommend products or services I use and love. Thanks for your support! It’s the most […]

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

Teens don’t read for class. I came to this conclusion within my first year of teaching and I have never been proven wrong. Many students, even seniors in AP US Government, simply refuse to read textbooks. Drives.me.crazy. No AP teacher, no matter how fast he […]

Study Groups: Pros and Cons of Studying with Others

Study Groups: Pros and Cons of Studying with Others

I am not a joiner. Of study groups that is. I have been in 1 study group in my entire academic career. That’s about 21 years, BTW. (This lady loves school.) I usually preferred to study alone. Except when I didn’t. I was taking a […]

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 […]