Education

In Praise of Difficult High School Classes

In Praise of Difficult High School Classes

I almost quit my major on the 2nd day of college. I walked into my first college history class sooo excited. Until my professor told us he would try to keep it to 2,000 pages of reading. Two thousand. I almost fell out of my […]

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

How to Keep Teens Loving Social Studies All Summer

There may or may not be some pictures of me dressed up at a Civil War reenactment when I was in high school. Like full on dressed up with blouse, skirt, and bonnet. Ok, those pictures definitely exist, but I will never show them to […]

3 Reasons Summer Assignments are the Worst

3 Reasons Summer Assignments are the Worst

I’m not going to mince words here – I hate summer assignments. I mean, really hate them. I’ve completed them as a student and assigned them as a teacher. Y’all, they’ve got to go.   Many AP and IB courses give incoming students an assignment […]

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

My first year of teaching was exhausting. Literally and figuratively. There were multiple times when I took a nap Friday afternoon and woke up the next morning.   But I survived my first year and was proud of what I had done. Yet, when I […]

15 Inspiring Quotes to Finish the School Year Strong

15 Inspiring Quotes to Finish the School Year Strong

“Mom, they’re driving me crazy! They used to be so much better behaved. WHY did I go into teaching? Ugh.” I was complaining to my mother about my students. You know, as one does.   “Well, I can tell it’s May,” she replied. “You always complain […]

RAFTing Through Social Studies

RAFTing Through Social Studies

I had assigned a writing project to my US History students; when they were turned in I had 1 extra. That’s right. One extra. In addition to his graded assignment, a student actually created a SECOND project and turned it in. For funsies. That’s when […]

How to Help Your Teen Pick Next Year’s Classes

How to Help Your Teen Pick Next Year’s Classes

“So, I’m going to take 7 IB classes next year, Ms. P”.   Josh was a junior, getting ready to apply to competitive schools the next fall. There was NO need to take all IB classes, but he insisted. I’d taught Josh when he was […]

2018 State of the Union Bingo and Watching Guide

2018 State of the Union Bingo and Watching Guide

Let’s face it – it’s been a rough political year. Really rough. I don’t drink and I really want a drink. However, the 2018 State of the Union speech is upon us again. So, let’s make the best of it! When I taught US Government, […]

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

Teens don’t read for class. I came to this conclusion within my first year of teaching and I have never been proven wrong. Many students, even seniors in AP US Government, simply refuse to read textbooks. Drives.me.crazy. No AP teacher, no matter how fast he […]

E-mail Etiquette for Teens: Free e-mail scripts!

E-mail Etiquette for Teens: Free e-mail scripts!

It was the end of a very long day. Sassy students, technology fails, and (joy!) a staff meeting after school. I was working at home, writing a lesson plan for the next day. Needing a file from a co-worker, I checked my e-mail. And there […]