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How to Actually Complete Your Long-Term Project

How to Actually Complete Your Long-Term Project

Every year I was in college, William & Mary  (Go Tribe!) gave us students a giant desk calendar. “Thanks for all the tuition money. Here is a calendar worth $2.54.” For most people, it went on their desk and was promptly forgotten. However, I didn’t […]

How to Build a Better Study Space at Ikea

How to Build a Better Study Space at Ikea

When I first got my own place, I had no money. (Spoiler alert: New teachers don’t make much money.) Consequently, much of my furniture came second-hand or from Ikea. One of the reasons I love Ikea, other than price, is its size. I lived in […]

Homework Caddy: How to Create One for Cheap

Homework Caddy: How to Create One for Cheap

For two years, I taught in four (yes, four) different classrooms. The school was overcapacity. As a new teacher at the school (and lowest on the totem pole) I had to move from room to room.   After 12 years of always teaching in my […]

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

This lady loves a good bargain. A few years ago, I was inspired by the show Extreme Couponing and went all in. My crazy couponing days are past me, but I still break out the coupons every fall for some thrifty Back to School shopping. […]

How to Love Your Group Project! No, really.

How to Love Your Group Project! No, really.

Ahh, the group project. The bane of many students’ existences. I remember enjoying some group projects in high school because I got to work with my friends. However, as I got older, group projects became less fun and more work. By the time I was […]

How to Stay Focused with the Pomodoro Technique

How to Stay Focused with the Pomodoro Technique

You know you have to study. There is an essay due tomorrow and a test on Friday. But when you sit down, your attention starts to . . . wander. You think about the test when working on the essay. And then you think about […]

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 […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Teens: How to make and keep them!

New Year’s Resolutions for Teens: How to make and keep them!

Are you ready? It’s time for the New Year’s countdown! 10, 9 – Get your glass of bubbly cider and party horn ready! 8, 7 – Who am I going to kiss? (Some years, it was just my cat. #noshame) 6, 5 – Hey, is […]

6 Ways Teens Can Start the School Year Off Right

6 Ways Teens Can Start the School Year Off Right

Did you ever just want a fresh start? You know, a chance to start again, a chance to remake yourself into a better version of you? Or to remake a bad reputation? Teachers and students get the chance each school year to start over. It […]

How to Complete Your Summer Assignment at the Last Minute

How to Complete Your Summer Assignment at the Last Minute

It’s a few days before school begins. And you suddenly remember that summer assignment is due oh-so-soon. Yikes!   You meant to start it right after school ended, but you wanted some time to relax. You even read that blog post about planning your summer […]