Holiday Bucket List: 25 Fun Activities for Teens & Families

Holiday Bucket List: 25 Fun Activities for Teens & Families

Do you want to enjoy the holidays, but you’re not where to start? I’ve created a holiday bucket list, brimming with activities that are fun for any age, but will especially appeal to teens. Most events can be solitary or with others. Hey, invite a 

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 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 

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 

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, 

30 Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem in Teens

30 Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem in Teens

“I always fail tests. I just don’t test well, so there is no point in studying.” Keisha was sure that she was a bad test-taker. Therefore, she didn’t need to study. She could spend all that time studying and nothing would come of it.  That 

4 Ways to Overcome the Dreaded Winter Blues

4 Ways to Overcome the Dreaded Winter Blues

This time of year can be so hard for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. We *know* that spring is coming, but it’s not here yet. It’s been months of cold and darkness. And since I’m writing this in 2021, we’ve been stuck at 

Bingo Fun with the 2021 State of the Union

Bingo Fun with the 2021 State of the Union

It’s that time of year again – the State of the Union! And yes, I know that this ISN’T technically a State of the Union. (Don’t @ me, people.) The President’s speech in a new administration isn’t a SOTU, but it is still a speech 

Why Exercise is So Important For Learning

Why Exercise is So Important For Learning

I was trying to work. But I was tired and foggy. I had no motivation, except to lay down in my bed. But I had so much work to complete. I was on a schedule, dang it! Unfortunately, I had gotten to a point where 

My Top Posts of 2020: Learning and Lockdowns

My Top Posts of 2020: Learning and Lockdowns

As we happily say good-bye to 2020 and hello to 2021, I want to return to some of my top posts from 2020. While I still focused on study skills, organization, and parenting teens, obviously the events of this year affected my content. Some of