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 

Bad Teacher This Year? How to Deal With It

Bad Teacher This Year? How to Deal With It

We’ve all had a bad teacher. And I’m sure you remember that instructor very clearly. His or her appearance, attitude, mannerisms, and teaching methods are all stamped in your memory. Ugh. For me, it was my high school German teacher. She just wasn’t good at 

The Best Lunch Bags for Students & Teachers

The Best Lunch Bags for Students & Teachers

One year, my mom was late to school supply shopping and all the “cool” lunch bags were gone. My school year was ruined and I would clearly not make any new friends with a lame lunch bag. (You can read my tween drama in that, 

Planning a Healthy Lunch to Energize You All Day

Planning a Healthy Lunch to Energize You All Day

You have to leave the house in . . . 10 minutes. Oh jeez. As you swallow breakfast whole, you realize that you need to bring something for lunch.  Um, maybe a sandwich. Where is the mustard? Are there chips in the pantry? Are those 

How to Prepare for the 2020-21 School Year

How to Prepare for the 2020-21 School Year

If you’re like me, you’re constantly watching your news feed for information on your school’s plan for the 2020-21 school year. Possibly all remote, maybe hybrid, perhaps in-person full-time? But that seems to change by the hour. (In the 2 days that I wrote this