Education

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, […]

New Year’s Quotes to Get You Motivated

New Year’s Quotes to Get You Motivated

Looking at my older brother’s yearbook pictures from the 1980s are a treat. (Sadly, he would not let me actually share them with you.) In 7th grade, he was clearly listening to hip-hop. In 8th grade, he was watching Miami Vice. Think turquoise t-shirt under […]

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 […]

My Favorite Podcasts for Social Studies Nerds!

My Favorite Podcasts for Social Studies Nerds!

I love podcasts. Like really love podcasts. I probably listen to 10 hours of podcasts a week while walking outside, cooking, driving, working on the computer . . . you get the point. I listen to a variety of podcasts, but most fall under a typical […]

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

Talking with Teens about Charlottesville – Tips and Resources

The last week was ROUGH. Like “Where is the chocolate? I need it in my mouth right now before I end up crying in the fetal position” kind of rough. Even more than a week later, I am still processing what happened in Charlottesville and […]