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Back-to-School Quotes to Energize You for the New School Year

Back-to-School Quotes to Energize You for the New School Year

I’ve had a lot of first days of school. From being a student to teaching, I’ve probably done at least 25. Yep, 25.   For me, the first day of school was always exciting. I was usually a little nervous or a lot nervous on […]

3 Reasons I Love the New AP U.S. Government

3 Reasons I Love the New AP U.S. Government

I taught US Government for many years. And in that course, I touched on every 3rd rail of American politics – race, gender, class, abortion, gun rights, Social Security, etc. Literally every controversial subject possible came up in my class. I expected outraged parent phone […]

Why Summer is the Best Time for Tutoring

Why Summer is the Best Time for Tutoring

I’ve taught summer school several times and really enjoyed it. And even my students seemed to enjoy it. Why? Because summer school is WAAAY more laid back than regular school. (And I taught seniors whose graduation was on the line.)   The classes tend to […]

In Praise of Difficult High School Classes

In Praise of Difficult High School Classes

I almost quit my major on the 2nd day of college. I walked into my first college history class sooo excited. Until my professor told us he would try to keep it to 2,000 pages of reading. Two thousand. I almost fell out of my […]

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

There may or may not be some pictures of me dressed up at a Civil War reenactment when I was in high school. Like full on dressed up with blouse, skirt, and bonnet. Ok, those pictures definitely exist, but I will never show them to […]

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Looking back on my teen summers, my memories are . . . pretty hazy. All right, I don’t remember much except when we left home for a vacation. Other than that, they all blend. I believe I spent my time going to friends’ houses, reading, […]

3 Reasons Summer Assignments are the Worst

3 Reasons Summer Assignments are the Worst

I’m not going to mince words here – I hate summer assignments. I mean, really hate them. I’ve completed them as a student and assigned them as a teacher. Y’all, they’ve got to go.   Many AP and IB courses give incoming students an assignment […]

Test Analysis: Why You Need to Start Using it Right Now

Test Analysis: Why You Need to Start Using it Right Now

“So, Ms. P,  what IS the Legislative Branch?” Shelly asked. On the day of the Legislative Branch test. As she began taking the test. Clearly, there were some holes in Shelly’s knowledge.   But she was not uncommon. Students would come to me right before […]

How to Love Your Group Project! No, really.

How to Love Your Group Project! No, really.

Ahh, the group project. The bane of many students’ existences. I remember enjoying some group projects in high school because I got to work with my friends. However, as I got older, group projects became less fun and more work. By the time I was […]

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

I was a tad… high strung in high school and college about academics. Bless her, my mother regularly received crying phone calls from me when I got overwhelmed. Much of the time, letting me talk it out usually sufficed. But there were times when I […]