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2020 State of the Union Bingo Cards FTW

2020 State of the Union Bingo Cards FTW

It’s that time of year again! That’s right – President Trump will give the 2020 State of the Union Speech on Tuesday, February 4. What to expect A lot of clapping Some signature phrases Horn tooting Political drama But this year’s speech is happening at…

How to Set Up Your Academic Planner For Success

How to Set Up Your Academic Planner For Success

Picture the first day of high school. Kids walk nervously from class to class and look for friends. In homeroom, teachers hand out the mountain of school forms and the school’s academic planner. At most, the teacher might say, “Keep your planner with you and…

The Best Academic Advice I Ever Received

The Best Academic Advice I Ever Received

The best academic advice I’ve ever received didn’t come from an internet guru, a guidance counselor, or a professor. It came from my voice instructor. A while back, I sang at a friend’s wedding. I’ve always sung in choirs, but this was the first time…

The True Purpose of an Academic Planner

The True Purpose of an Academic Planner

One of my most cringe-worthy actions as a teenager included a planner. Long story short, I sent a guy a cassette tape  (that’s an audio recording, for you youngsters) in which I advised him to use an academic planner. That is the kind of wild…

How To Prioritize Your Tasks And Time

How To Prioritize Your Tasks And Time

My least favorite period of my life was when I was working full-time and attending school part-time. It sucked. I had so much to do, so many things I wanted to do, but not nearly enough time to do it all. But, I got a…

Top 10 Posts of 2019: Organization, Study Skills & Teens

Top 10 Posts of 2019: Organization, Study Skills & Teens

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is about to end. Cliched but true, time flies the older you get. Also cliche, a top posts of 2019 list. I follow a lot of bloggers and love their best-of lists. It reminds me about their best posts…

Holiday Kindness: 7 Ways to Be Kind This Holiday

Holiday Kindness: 7 Ways to Be Kind This Holiday

I walked into my classroom and found a chocolate milkshake on my desk. There was no note and my students were too interested in their phones to notice who dropped it off. Who was this delicious milkshake from? As I taught, the question kept going…

How to Cut the Stress This Holiday Season

How to Cut the Stress This Holiday Season

I love the holidays – I send Christmas cards, bake cookies, decorate the house, bake cookies, sing Christmas carols, watch holiday movies, and bake cookies. However, along with all the fun comes the expectations. That you will attend holiday events, buy Christmas presents for everyone…

Why Every School Needs an Ugly Sweater Day

Why Every School Needs an Ugly Sweater Day

“Ms. P – are you ready for Ugly Sweater Day?” When my student came up to me after class, this was not the question I expected. It turns out that this school had a long tradition of Ugly Sweater Day. The day before Winter Break,…

9 Top Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Teen

9 Top Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Teen

If I let him, my husband would set up our Christmas decorations on November 1. But I won’t let him. I firmly believe in celebrating one holiday at a time. So, no decorations until after Thanksgiving. And then we go big. Big tree, lots of…