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Back-to-School Shopping for Middle and High Schoolers

Back-to-School Shopping for Middle and High Schoolers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  No, not Christmas. Its Back-to-School season!! The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $29.5 billion in the next few weeks to get ready for school. Billion. And just like Christmas, Back-to-School seems to start earlier […]

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 […]

Why You Need to Read Harry Potter as an Adult

Why You Need to Read Harry Potter as an Adult

I am a legit Harry Potter fan. Of course, I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies. Additionally, I own enough HP shirts and socks to clothe several people. Over the years, I knit multiple hats based on hats Hermione wore in the […]

Snack Break – Chocolate M&M Cookies

Snack Break – Chocolate M&M Cookies

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! And a shout-out to the single moms who fill both roles! We are spending this day with my father-in-law, who is one proud grandfather. He is so excited to spend the day with my daughter. And […]

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 […]

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

There is a creek near my house that ducks and geese love. (I love the ducks – the geese not so much.) In just a few weeks, their eggs will hatch and fuzzy ducklings will be everywhere. I love to watch the mama ducks and […]

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 […]

Snack Break – Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownies

Snack Break – Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownies

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! School ended this week here in Denver! My students are taking the summer off and so […]

How to Take Notes from a Textbook the Right Way

How to Take Notes from a Textbook the Right Way

“Ms. P, I didn’t do well on the quiz. I read the book, but didn’t remember stuff from the reading.” “Did you take notes on the reading?” “Nope.” “How come?” “Um, well, I not really sure how to take notes from the textbook. When I […]

SMART Strategies to Jumpstart Your Motivation

SMART Strategies to Jumpstart Your Motivation

It’s Sunday afternoon. You have a big test tomorrow and you’re worried about your grade in the class. You don’t want to disappoint your parents, either. But. But. You just can’t get out of your chair and get your school books. It’s so much easier […]