Tag: organization

What the Heck is Executive Functioning?

What the Heck is Executive Functioning?

After I explained the directions, my student Jane always asked what we were doing. She brought the wrong notebook to class. All the time. Her backpack was a mess and her planner was empty. Twenty minutes into an activity and she had just started it. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

The Best Student Planner for your Teen

The Best Student Planner for your Teen

The clock is ticking down . . . to the first day of school. And in some places, school started this week. This week, people. Are you ready? Is your teen?   If your teen only goes back to school with 1 school supply, I […]

Back-to-School Routines You Can Start Now!

Back-to-School Routines You Can Start Now!

You’re trying to hurry the family out the door to start the day. And everyone is running late. Your oldest kid slept late. Your daughter can’t find her flute. Your son’s calculator and math homework are missing. Ugh. You just need to get.them.out.the.door. via GIPHY […]

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

There is a creek near my house that ducks and geese love. (I love the ducks – the geese not so much.) In just a few weeks, their eggs will hatch and fuzzy ducklings will be everywhere. I love to watch the mama ducks and […]

Jumpstart Your Motivation with SMART Goals

Jumpstart Your Motivation with SMART Goals

It’s Sunday afternoon. You have a big test tomorrow and you’re worried about your grade in the class. You don’t want to disappoint your parents, either. But. But.   You just can’t get out of your chair and get your school books. It’s so much […]

Student’s Guide to Organizing Digital Files

Student’s Guide to Organizing Digital Files

“Hey Jake – I can’t find that file you said you shared with me. Just e-mail it to me, OK?” I asked. “Um, I will try.” “You don’t sound so confident. Why?” “Well, I’m not sure I can find the file again. It’s somewhere in […]