Get the Best Organization Apps for Students

Get the Best Organization Apps for Students

“Um, why are you taking out your cell phone in class? You know it’s against the rules.” “Yeah, but I want to take a picture of the homework you wrote on the board. I won’t be able to write it down before class ends and…

Daily Habits for Teens to Start in the New Year

Daily Habits for Teens to Start in the New Year

A few years ago, I asked for a Fitbit for my birthday. I’d stopped exercising during a particularly stressful year. And, no surprise, I gained weight and my stress level rose. So, I decided to change my habits. I started tracking my steps with the…

How Teens Can Get Organized for the New Year

How Teens Can Get Organized for the New Year

New Year = New You! You know you’re going to see that phrase all over the TV, your Instagram feed, and from well-meaning people in the next few weeks. As if the calendar changes and a new person comes to take your place. While you…

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 own…

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…