How to Show Your Students That You Care

How to Show Your Students That You Care

Teaching is hard. I think everyone knows that intellectually, but once you’re in the trenches it’s.really.hard. Physically, emotionally, and intellectually. And when the teacher is drained and just done for the day, the week, or (yikes!) the month, it can be hard to show love…

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

I’m a planner, especially when it comes to Back-to-School season. This lady prepares early. So, I planned my first day of school outfit several weeks in advance. As one does. However, one year I did not account for Restaurant Week. If your city doesn’t have…

How to Conduct a Family Oral History

How to Conduct a Family Oral History

I recently had a question pop into my head about my great-grandmother’s confectionary (a sweets and food store) that she ran a century ago in rural Idaho. Did the store have a name?? I’ve never heard anyone in the family refer to it by a…

How to Learn on Vacation – And Still Have Fun

How to Learn on Vacation – And Still Have Fun

A few years ago, I visited Niagara Falls with friends. On the Canadian side, I spotted a small history museum and convinced my friends to go in with me. It blew our minds – even my friends who aren’t into history – and made me…

50+ Fun Summer Activities for Teens & Tweens

50+ Fun Summer Activities for Teens & Tweens

Is there anything better than summer vacation? Long days, warm nights, and nothing to do. I always loved summer break . . . for the first 6 weeks or so. And then boredom started to kick in. I had already read all my books, tried…

What I’m Reading This Summer (And You Should, Too)

What I’m Reading This Summer (And You Should, Too)

My one-year-old daughter is nicknamed the “Destroyer of Books.” She puts everything, including books, in her mouth. And proceeds to gum them to death. As a life-long book worm, this is incredibly painful to me. I wouldn’t even highlight my own college textbooks because 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…

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,…

Daylight Savings: How to Spend Your Extra Hour

Daylight Savings: How to Spend Your Extra Hour

It’s Spring Forward! That’s right, Daylight Savings Time has started. The first few days are always ROUGH, but that extra hour of sunlight at night is pretty sweet, right? It’s like we just got an extra hour in the day. Think of all the times…

8 Ways Teachers Can Practice Self-Care

8 Ways Teachers Can Practice Self-Care

One time, I got food poisoning while teaching. And I STAYED AT WORK. That’s right – even though all my co-workers told me to go home, I stayed. The students in my last class just *HAD* to do the activity I’d planned, so I needed…