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How to Best Prepare for Junior Year This Summer

How to Best Prepare for Junior Year This Summer

I ❤️ high school juniors. I’ve taught 8-12 grade, but 11th grade is my jam. Juniors are close enough to the end that they are serious about school, but far enough from finishing that they stay focused. But junior year can be stressful. For many…

Summer 2020 Bucket List for Teens: Have Fun Safely

Summer 2020 Bucket List for Teens: Have Fun Safely

The strangest spring is about to become the oddest summer in memory. While most of us are no longer under quarantine orders, many of the places we spend our summers – camp, amusement parks, the beach – are still closed or will look very different…

How to Reflect on This Quarantine School Year

How to Reflect on This Quarantine School Year

This has been the strangest school year of probably any of our lives. In late winter, everything turned upside down. Quarantine kicked in as school buildings closed and learning moved online. Students and teachers had to make radical changes to the ways they teach, interact,…

How to Be Kind During Self-Isolation: Spread Kindness!

How to Be Kind During Self-Isolation: Spread Kindness!

We’ve been home for about 2,373 days. I think. If you’re like me, the stress is growing. It’s hard to be nice to the people I’ve spent every living minute with for the last 5 years. Or maybe 6 weeks. To make things even harder…

How Do You Thank Teachers When School is Closed?

How Do You Thank Teachers When School is Closed?

To say 2020 has had a rocky start is the understatement of the century. Most schools closed VERY abruptly. Teachers had to completely change the way they teach, make it work online, and still carry on during a worldwide pandemic. But teachers just kept teaching.…

16 Healthy Snacks to Power You Through Isolation

16 Healthy Snacks to Power You Through Isolation

I’ve spent a LOT of time staring at my pantry lately. Mostly looking for healthy snacks (all right, actually chocolate), but also taking a mental tally of the food that’s left and thinking about what I can make with those items. We’re all at home,…

How to Use Time Blocking to Get More Done

How to Use Time Blocking to Get More Done

When I attended the College of William & Mary (Go Tribe!) I was a tour guide for the Admissions office. (“Hi, I’m Louisa. I’m a senior History and Education double major. When I’m not in class, I’m in a service organization, sing in the Women’s…

27 Hopeful Quotes to Give You Strength in Isolation

27 Hopeful Quotes to Give You Strength in Isolation

I am writing this blog post in early April 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. Schools are closed for the rest of the year, most of us are at home with our families, many have lost their jobs, and people are dying. It’s a scary time.…

11 Life Skills All Teens Need to Know

11 Life Skills All Teens Need to Know

“Thank you so much for writing that recommendation for me. Can you help me with this envelope I have to send it in? How do I write an address on it?”   That year (before college apps went digital) I had not one, but TWO, high…

Stuck at Home? Resources for Self Isolation

Stuck at Home? Resources for Self Isolation

This has been one heck of a week, folks. Within one week, our daily lives have been turned upside down. I started homeschooling (homeschooling!) my pre-schooler today.  BTW, that is a phrase that I never thought I would use! I know that many of you…