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3 Reasons Why Your Teen Doesn’t Know How to Study

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Doesn’t Know How to Study

“Um, Ms. Porzel, why haven’t we ever learned how to do this before?” my student asked while we were setting up their planners for the semester. I was teaching a small studies skills class to 9th graders. The course was focused on organization, study strategies, […]

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, […]

The Most Important Skill NOT Taught in School

The Most Important Skill NOT Taught in School

“So, based on your daughter’s participation in class, she understands the concepts. However, that isn’t coming across in tests. How does she prepare for tests?” I asked nervously. (Teachers get just as nervous at parent conferences as parents!) “Studying doesn’t work for her,” her mom […]

How to Find the Right Tutor for your Child

How to Find the Right Tutor for your Child

I found my very first knitting project a while back and it was a hot mess. Holes where there shouldn’t be holes, dropped stitches, added stitches, and changes in stitch size. Even if you don’t knit, know that all of that is bad. I learned […]

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 […]

Learn how to Improve your Study Skills

Learn how to Improve your Study Skills

If asked to pick a fictional character that most closely describes me in high school, it’s Hermione Granger, hands down. That girl and I are way too similar. Super organized, high strung about school, and bit too judgmental. (I’ve calmed down since high school.) Like […]

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

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

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9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

I was raised by a busy single mom. But every year she took extra time off during Christmas Break to spend with my brother and me. Family time got harder to come by as we got older. Jobs, friends, and other commitments got in the […]

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the link and buy an item, I earn a small commission. This doesn’t cost you a penny. As always, I only recommend products or services I use and love. Thanks for your support!   During December, […]

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

“Wow – you teach high school? That must be rough. Teenagers are horrible.” I have heard variations of that phrase over and over again through the years. Have you? Have you said it yourself? Everyone seems to hate teenagers. And I get it. They can […]