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How Parents Can Manage Teen Cell Phone Use

How Parents Can Manage Teen Cell Phone Use

A few years ago, one of my history students asked, “What was life like before the iPhone, Ms. P?“ As much as that question made me feel REAL old, I could see her point. My students’ lives have been completely taken over by cell phones. […]

Spring Cleaning for Students: Finish the School Year Strong

Spring Cleaning for Students: Finish the School Year Strong

My mom grew up in Chicago, IL. It’s not called the “Windy City” for nothing. Located right off of Lake Michigan, the wind blew coal dust and dirt into her family’ house all winter long. She remembers having to spring clean the house from top […]

6 Awesome Activities for Your Study Group

6 Awesome Activities for Your Study Group

When my husband and I brought our first daughter home from the hospital, we just stared at each other and thought, “Well, what do we do now?” Does she need to eat? Should we take a nap? (The answer to that is always yes.) What […]

How to Get Out the Door and Arrive on Time

How to Get Out the Door and Arrive on Time

I hate being late. For anything. A party, an appointment, a TV show, class. (Don’t even get me started on how to switch classrooms, use the bathroom, and prep my new classroom for class all in 7 minutes.) I love being on time and always […]

What To Do When Tutoring Isn’t Helping

What To Do When Tutoring Isn’t Helping

A few years back (all right, more than10 years ago) I decided to take up tap dance. As an adult. It was time to finally live out my dream of being a tap dancer! I took a class for complete beginners. Only, not everyone was […]

Why I Stopped Assigning Homework Over Vacation

Why I Stopped Assigning Homework Over Vacation

I was the “homework teacher”. When I taught high school Social Studies, I assigned homework every.single.night. Granted, my homework assignments were usually creative and engaging. But it was still homework. Every night. In the beginning, I also assigned homework over Winter and Spring Breaks. “Hey, […]

5 Ways to Prepare for the BIG Exam

5 Ways to Prepare for the BIG Exam

When I started teaching AP U.S. Government & Politics, I placed a countdown on my board that read “_____ weeks until the AP Exam.” Each week, I changed a sticky note with the number of weeks on it. Most of the year, the kids completely […]

Daylight Savings: How to Spend Your Extra Hour

Daylight Savings: How to Spend Your Extra Hour

It’s Spring Forward! That’s right, Daylight Savings Time has started. The first few days are always ROUGH, but that extra hour of sunlight at night is pretty sweet, right? It’s like we just got an extra hour in the day. Think of all the times […]

Get the Best Organization Apps for Students

Get the Best Organization Apps for Students

“Um, why are you taking out your cell phone in class? You know it’s against the rules.” “Yeah, but I want to take a picture of the homework you wrote on the board. I won’t be able to write it down before class ends and […]

When is the Best Time to End Tutoring?

When is the Best Time to End Tutoring?

When we moved from Virginia to Colorado, we had to drive ourselves and our cats halfway across the country. I had been warned about driving through Kansas, but didn’t believe it until I experienced it myself. From Topeka to Denver, there is nothing. Just fields, […]