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In Praise of Difficult High School Classes

In Praise of Difficult High School Classes

I almost quit my major on the 2nd day of college. I walked into my first college history class sooo excited. Until my professor told us he would try to keep it to 2,000 pages of reading. Two thousand. I almost fell out of my […]

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

There may or may not be some pictures of me dressed up at a Civil War reenactment when I was in high school. Like full on dressed up with blouse, skirt, and bonnet. Ok, those pictures definitely exist, but I will never show them to […]

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Looking back on my teen summers, my memories are . . . pretty hazy. All right, I don’t remember much except when we left home for a vacation. Other than that, they all blend. I believe I spent my time going to friends’ houses, reading, […]

3 Reasons Summer Assignments are the Worst

3 Reasons Summer Assignments are the Worst

I’m not going to mince words here – I hate summer assignments. I mean, really hate them. I’ve completed them as a student and assigned them as a teacher. Y’all, they’ve got to go.   Many AP and IB courses give incoming students an assignment […]

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

My first year of teaching was exhausting. Literally and figuratively. There were multiple times when I took a nap Friday afternoon and woke up the next morning.   But I survived my first year and was proud of what I had done. Yet, when I […]

Test Analysis: Why You Need to Start Using it Right Now

Test Analysis: Why You Need to Start Using it Right Now

“So, Ms. P,  what IS the Legislative Branch?” Shelly asked. On the day of the Legislative Branch test. As she began taking the test. Clearly, there were some holes in Shelly’s knowledge.   But she was not uncommon. Students would come to me right before […]

How to Love Your Group Project

How to Love Your Group Project

Ahh, the group project. The bane of many students’ existences. I remember enjoying some group projects in high school because I got to work with my friends. However, as I got older, group projects became less fun and more work. By the time I was […]

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

I was a tad… high strung in high school and college about academics. Bless her, my mother regularly received crying phone calls from me when I got overwhelmed. Much of the time, letting me talk it out usually sufficed. But there were times when I […]

How to Stay Focused with the Pomodoro Technique

How to Stay Focused with the Pomodoro Technique

You know you have to study. There is an essay due tomorrow and a test on Friday. But when you sit down, your attention starts to . . . wander. You think about the test when working on the essay. And then you think about […]

15 Inspiring Quotes to Finish the School Year Strong

15 Inspiring Quotes to Finish the School Year Strong

“Mom, they’re driving me crazy! They used to be so much better behaved. WHY did I go into teaching? Ugh.” I was complaining to my mother about my students. You know, as one does.   “Well, I can tell it’s May,” she replied. “You always complain […]