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How to Spend the Summer Before Senior Year

How to Spend the Summer Before Senior Year

When I was teaching, my goal was to only have 2 crying kids per semester. I’m a sympathetic crier, so it gets awkward real quick. 😭 But when I started teaching seniors, the number of cryers increased. I needed more tissues. The stakes were high […]

Help Your Teen Have a Fun & Productive Summer

Help Your Teen Have a Fun & Productive Summer

School’s out for summer! As both a student and a teacher I looked forward to summer vacation, probably even more when I was teaching. While I do believe in an old-fashioned summer for kids, that doesn’t mean that your teen should stare at a screen […]

How To Be Productive When You Just Don’t Want To

How To Be Productive When You Just Don’t Want To

I’m not going to lie – I don’t want to write this blog post. I’m tired, cranky, and think I’m coming down with something. I’ve managed to distract myself with lots of other tasks. So, I’m being productive, but not on the task that I […]

Why Your Test Score Just Isn’t That Important

Why Your Test Score Just Isn’t That Important

As an AP teacher and now tutor, I spend every spring in the trenches with my students, reviewing content, creating study plans, and going over test strategies. And come July, it is all about the test results. What did my kids earn? How much college […]

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’s 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, […]