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 

5 Things From 2020 I Want to Keep in 2021

5 Things From 2020 I Want to Keep in 2021

2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year – there is no other way to describe it. Our routines were turned upside down, schools closed, businesses went out of business, cities burned in protest, and above all, the pandemic raged across the planet. I 

7 Ways for Teens (and All of Us) to Give Back This Holiday

7 Ways for Teens (and All of Us) to Give Back This Holiday

“Do you think a 5-year old would like this toy? Or maybe this one instead?” I was chaperoning a trip to Target with dozens of teenagers. Homerooms had spent weeks raising money and now the kids were spending the money on Christmas gifts for needy 

5 Ways to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

5 Ways to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

In my favorite Christmas movie of all time, Clark Griswold wants nothing more than an “old-fashioned family Christmas.” Though he and his wife try their best to make the perfect holiday, it quickly goes off the rails and shenanigans ensue. Now that I have kids, 

10 Holiday Gifts Remote Teachers Will Adore

10 Holiday Gifts Remote Teachers Will Adore

We all know that 2020 is a year for the history books. One of the groups that have seen the biggest change in how they work is teachers. Like overnight. We owe our teachers big this holiday. Luckily, I have some awesome gifts for remote 

Teacher Self Care: How to Recharge During COVID

Teacher Self Care: How to Recharge During COVID

I have seen way too many posts in the last few months from teachers that they are near the breaking point. The workload, concerns about their own health due to COVID, and difficulties balancing work and home are exhausting our teachers. And while teachers may