The Best Academic Advice I Ever Received

The Best Academic Advice I Ever Received

The best academic advice I’ve ever received didn’t come from an internet guru, a guidance counselor, or a professor. It came from my voice instructor. A while back, I sang at a friend’s wedding. I’ve always sung in choirs, but this was the first time…

Top 10 Posts of 2019: Organization, Study Skills & Teens

Top 10 Posts of 2019: Organization, Study Skills & Teens

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is about to end. Cliched but true, time flies the older you get. Also cliche, a top posts of 2019 list. I follow a lot of bloggers and love their best-of lists. It reminds me about their best posts…

Why Every School Needs an Ugly Sweater Day

Why Every School Needs an Ugly Sweater Day

“Ms. P – are you ready for Ugly Sweater Day?” When my student came up to me after class, this was not the question I expected. It turns out that this school had a long tradition of Ugly Sweater Day. The day before Winter Break,…

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…

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…

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…