Cozy Holiday Gifts that Both Students & Teachers Will Love

Cozy Holiday Gifts that Both Students & Teachers Will Love

Snow is falling outside your window. But you’re warm inside. There is a mug of hot chocolate on your desk, next to your favorite pens. You’re wearing the softest blanket. The chill music playing in the background and the calming scent coming from your candle 

How to Be Successful in a Class You Really Dislike

How to Be Successful in a Class You Really Dislike

I have a friend who took Biology three times. Yes, three times. He hated the class, so he didn’t complete the work or study. And failed it twice. So, he took a class he disliked multiple times. Ugh. I can’t imagine anything worse! We all 

How to Promote Gratitude In Your Classroom

How to Promote Gratitude In Your Classroom

You worked for hours writing the perfect lesson plan, but it flops in class. As the kids leave, one smart mouth says sarcastically, “Well, that didn’t go well.” The kids in your class decide to start a broken pencil fight – with the colored pencils 

How to Actually Reach Your Academic Goals

How to Actually Reach Your Academic Goals

You’ve created some amazing academic goals for this semester. Maybe you want to perfect those note-taking skills. Or you want to add regular movement to your weekly routine. And then a month later, you can barely remember those goals, let alone think of what you 

7 Halloween Activities to Enjoy with Your Teen

7 Halloween Activities to Enjoy with Your Teen

Your teen doesn’t seem into the fall family activities as she used to be. Maybe those sullen pumpkin patch photos were a sign. Then she decided not to trick-or-treat, but just retreated to her room instead. Halloween used to mean family fun, but it seems 

How Using Colored Pens Can Make You a Better Student

How Using Colored Pens Can Make You a Better Student

“Open your notebook to page 116. It’s time to take notes.” One of my students took out her pencil bag; in it was a veritable treasure trove of colored pens. As I lectured, she switched colors for each sub-topic. Her notebook was beautiful, but it 

4 Ways to Overcome These Common Organizational Fails

4 Ways to Overcome These Common Organizational Fails

In my old study skills classes, my students’ biggest issue wasn’t studying. It was organization, or lack thereof. They were the type of kids who just seem to shed papers. Backpacks doubled as trash cans. School supplies were constantly missing. So smart and just drowning. 

5 Ways to Ease the Transition into the New School Year

5 Ways to Ease the Transition into the New School Year

It’s the night before the first day of school. You’re a bit nervous, but also excited. Tomorrow you get to see friends you haven’t seen in months. You will meet your new teachers and get an idea if this year will rock or not. You’ve 

How Do I Study?: Answers to Your 7 Biggest Questions

How Do I Study?: Answers to Your 7 Biggest Questions

“So, I tried to study for my test last week, but I still did horribly on it. Please help!” “I try to focus, but the next thing I know, I’ve lost an hour to TikTok.” “My parents are pressuring me to get better grades, but 

10 Amazing 2021 Summer Reads for Teens and Adults

10 Amazing 2021 Summer Reads for Teens and Adults

I have been a reading machine through the pandemic. ‘Cause what else was there to do?? We’re talking 2-4 books a week. A week. I’ve basically read an entire subject in my library’s ebooks. Even though the worst is over (fingers crossed) and I’m vaccinated,