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How to Take Faster (and Way Better) Notes

How to Take Faster (and Way Better) Notes

“So, moving onto the next topic . . .” “Wait, Ms P! I’m still writing down what you said a minute ago. Can you go back for me?” I heard this a lot, usually from the same kids over and over again. Some students really […]

Homework Battles: How to end them for good!

Homework Battles: How to end them for good!

“How can I get Jake to do his homework?” If I had a dollar for every time a parent asked me this question during my teaching career, I wouldn’t be working anymore. No joke. Homework battles were the biggest problems facing most of my parents. […]

5 Ways to Make Your Teen’s Back-to-School Awesome

5 Ways to Make Your Teen’s Back-to-School Awesome

An e-mail arrived from my mom titled “Your Last First Day of School.” It was my senior year of college and I about to head off to the first day of classes. But I would leave a few minutes late and wiping my eyes. My […]

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 […]

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

This is a guest post by Sarah Cummings. Teenagers are known for their moodiness, getting in relentless tit-for-tat spats with their parents, and sleeping all day long. But this might not be how teenagers are supposed to behave after all. And there is a solution […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]