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How to Show Your Students That You Care

How to Show Your Students That You Care

Teaching is hard. I think everyone knows that intellectually, but once you’re in the trenches it’s.really.hard. Physically, emotionally, and intellectually. And when the teacher is drained and just done for the day, the week, or (yikes!) the month, it can be hard to show love […]

Back-to-School Goals: How They Can Make A Better You

Back-to-School Goals: How They Can Make A Better You

I love to bake and most of the time it ends well. Meaning that I eat a lot of sugar and deliciousness. But sometimes, it doesn’t go so well. One year, my husband asked for a pecan pie for Thanksgiving. I thought I had it […]

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

I’m a planner, especially when it comes to Back-to-School season. This lady prepares early. So, I planned my first day of school outfit several weeks in advance. As one does. However, one year I did not account for Restaurant Week. If your city doesn’t have […]

5 School Supplies That Will Get (And Keep) Teens Organized

5 School Supplies That Will Get (And Keep) Teens Organized

I’ve taught a lot of organizationally-challenged kids, but Tommy* takes the cake. He had no form of organization that I could see. He asked for a pencil each and every class period. Oh, and he also needed a piece of paper to take notes. He […]

DIY It This Year: Make Your School Supplies Awesome

DIY It This Year: Make Your School Supplies Awesome

When I was in school, it never occurred to me to personalize my supplies. The only personalized thing I ever had was my paper bag book covers. Yes, that was a thing. Other than that, I had the same yellow pencils, green scissors, and binders […]

Buying a New Backpack: How to Buy the Best Bag

Buying a New Backpack: How to Buy the Best Bag

I was ready to head back for my senior year of college, when it finally happened. My backpack broke. This had been my backpack for all of high school and the first 3 years of college. It had held textbooks, notebooks, gym uniforms, and so […]

What to Expect When Your Teen Starts High School

What to Expect When Your Teen Starts High School

My first day of teaching was also my students’ first day of high school. (Yay for teaching all 9th graders!)  I’m not sure who was more scared. As I nervously sweated through my clothes (TMI?), I realized my students were all terrified. Huge eyes, nervous […]

Summer Procrastination: How to Avoid It This Year

Summer Procrastination: How to Avoid It This Year

Every summer break I had great plans. I was going to work out every day, paint my condo, read all those teaching books I meant to read, travel to new places, plan the first month of the school year. Oh yeah, and sleep. When summer […]

How to Conduct a Family Oral History

How to Conduct a Family Oral History

I recently had a question pop into my head about my great-grandmother’s confectionary (a sweets and food store) that she ran a century ago in rural Idaho. Did the store have a name?? I’ve never heard anyone in the family refer to it by a […]

How to Learn on Vacation – And Still Have Fun

How to Learn on Vacation – And Still Have Fun

A few years ago, I visited Niagara Falls with friends. On the Canadian side, I spotted a small history museum and convinced my friends to go in with me. It blew our minds – even my friends who aren’t into history – and made me […]