The Best Gifts for the Coffee Addicted Teacher

The Best Gifts for the Coffee Addicted Teacher

I’m going to let you in on a big secret. Ready? Teachers love coffee. Like, really 🤎 it. In every school I have taught in, the coffee maker is the hottest spot, next to the copy machine. Above the aroma of brewing coffee and clinking…

How to Make the Most of Short Winter Days

How to Make the Most of Short Winter Days

One fall, my roommate and I got in a doozy of an argument about . . . Daylight vs. Standard Time. He was going hiking the day the clocks turned back. I warned him that the sun would go down an hour earlier, so he…

How to Improve Your Grades in 4 Weeks

How to Improve Your Grades in 4 Weeks

“Hey, Ms. P. My grades aren’t that great right now. What can I do to improve it?” “Well, the semester ends this week. So at this point, nothing. I wish you’d come to me a month ago because there are so many things you could…

Student Self Care: How to Unwind and Destress

Student Self Care: How to Unwind and Destress

A few years back, I found my middle school diary. One thing that struck me (other than the generally high level of melodrama in my life) was how stressed I was by schoolwork. In the 8th grade. By college, I definitely had a few breakdowns…

3 Ways to Help Your Teen Own Their Education

3 Ways to Help Your Teen Own Their Education

When I started college, I was shocked by what my fellow freshmen were unable to do – laundry, making their beds, making a simple meal, and the list went on. Some of them were having a LOT of problems handling the adult portion of their…

How A Nightly Routine Makes for a Better Tomorrow

How A Nightly Routine Makes for a Better Tomorrow

For those of you (all right, most of you) who are too young to experience the joy of sleep training an infant – it’s tough, but so necessary. For those not in the know, babies wake up during the night. A lot. Sleep training is…

How to Avoid These Common Study Fails

How to Avoid These Common Study Fails

When I joined a gym for the first time, I really wanted to use the weight machines. But, I didn’t know how to use them. And I was too intimidated to ask anyone. “The trainers are working – I don’t want to interrupt them working.…

What the Heck is an Academic Coach?

What the Heck is an Academic Coach?

If you’ve EVER seen an athletic game, you’ve seen coaches pacing the sidelines, yelling to players on the field, huddling with other players on the bench. The coach not only plans the plays during the game, but also runs practices and physical conditioning. But most…

4 Ways Your Phone Can Improve Your Time Management

4 Ways Your Phone Can Improve Your Time Management

Last month, my doctor prescribed a medication that I am supposed to take just before bed every night. I took it the first night and promptly forgot to take the medication for the next 2 nights. Then I would remember for a day or two…

Why and How You Should Read With Your Teen

Why and How You Should Read With Your Teen

Have you ever seen the movie The Princess Bride? The book starts with a grandfather reading a book aloud to his grandson. The grandson is less than excited in the beginning, but gets more and more into the book as the plot progresses. By the…