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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 […]

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 […]

The Best Student Planner for your Teen

The Best Student Planner for your Teen

The clock is ticking down . . . to the first day of school. And in some places, school started this week. This week, people. Are you ready? Is your teen?   If your teen only goes back to school with 1 school supply, I […]

Back-to-School Routines You Can Start Now!

Back-to-School Routines You Can Start Now!

You’re trying to hurry the family out the door to start the day. And everyone is running late. Your oldest kid slept late. Your daughter can’t find her flute. Your son’s calculator and math homework are missing. Ugh. You just need to get.them.out.the.door. via GIPHY […]

Top 5 Books for Parenting or Teaching Teens

Top 5 Books for Parenting or Teaching Teens

I taught high school Social Studies for 15 years. And for the most part, I loved it. Granted, there were days when I would rethink my life plan. I came home and cried because some kid had been so mean. There were times I was […]

How to Get Reluctant Teen Readers to Actually Read

How to Get Reluctant Teen Readers to Actually Read

  This is a guest post by Katherine Porzel, a high school English teacher.   As an English teacher, it’d be a lie if I tried to say I didn’t like reading.   I love to read. Absolutely love it.   I’m that person that […]

Summer Slide Activities for Teens: Tips and Blog Round-Up

Summer Slide Activities for Teens: Tips and Blog Round-Up

Like all good memories of summers past, mine are a bit hazy. However, I can recall  spending a lot of time with the bajillion kids in my neighborhood, running through the trees, and playing on the playground.   What also happens in the summer for […]

What Our Children Gain When They Fail

What Our Children Gain When They Fail

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the link and buy an item, I earn a small commission. This won’t cost you anything. Thanks for your support!   Every day I passed by a table full of lunch bags. Lunch bags that students […]

Quick Guide to Types of K-12 Schools

Quick Guide to Types of K-12 Schools

“What schools are in the attendance zone for that neighborhood? Wait, we’re not guaranteed the school up the street? What the heck is an innovation school??”   I asked all those questions while researching neighborhoods and schools before moving to Colorado. I spent a LOT of […]