Education

Why You Need to Take Academic Risks

Why You Need to Take Academic Risks

“What play did President Lincoln go see the night he was assassinated?” my 11th grade English teacher asked the class. “Our American Cousin,” this history nerd muttered. But apparently loud enough for the boy in front of me to hear. When the teacher announced it […]

What Hermione Taught Me About Being a Successful Student

What Hermione Taught Me About Being a Successful Student

I’ve said this before and I will say this again – Hermione Granger is my spirit animal. I was an . . . intense student in high school and college: focused, a planner, and goal-oriented. When I read the Harry Potter books, I definitely saw […]

5 Foolproof Ways to Impress Your New Teacher

5 Foolproof Ways to Impress Your New Teacher

You are a high school junior who is ready to ask for a college recommendation, you need a reference to list on your first job application, you need someone to explain that new concept to you one more time, or you’re having the worst.day.ever and […]

Back-to-School Quotes to Energize You for the New School Year

Back-to-School Quotes to Energize You for the New School Year

I’ve had a lot of first days of school. From being a student to teaching, I’ve probably done at least 25. Yep, 25.   For me, the first day of school was always exciting. I was usually a little nervous or a lot nervous on […]

3 Reasons I Love the New AP U.S. Government

3 Reasons I Love the New AP U.S. Government

I taught US Government for many years. And in that course, I touched on every 3rd rail of American politics – race, gender, class, abortion, gun rights, Social Security, etc. Literally every controversial subject possible came up in my class. I expected outraged parent phone […]

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 […]