Are you facing the Dead Zone? You know, that end-of-year slog where you’ve wrapped up your last major unit and reviewed for finals, but still have a week before exams? I’m right there with you, but we have no worries. Here are some tried-and-true resources that’ll keep our kids focused until finals. Continue reading

Last month, I posted a Mother’s Day poetry activity that prompted a few folks to email me, wondering if I’d have a similar activity to use with their classes for Father’s Day. Well, your wish is my command, my friends! Continue reading

I’m taking an improv comedy class this spring (yeah, I’m a nerd – you already knew that, right?) and one of the games we were taught actually provides the perfect strategy to cope with any tedious meeting we’re required to attend. Continue reading

Hard to believe, but today marks the official 50th anniversary of the publication of The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton’s enduring tale of teen angst and social strife. Continue reading

Across the globe, folks will celebrate Earth Day this Saturday (April 22) with lots of community clean-up and educational events. Let’s bring some of that spirit to our classrooms with a high-interest, easy-to-deliver lesson that’ll get teens thinking about the world outside themselves. Continue reading

After Idaho’s snowiest winter in more than 100 years (yeah, that happened), spring has finally sprung and my passion project is done. This week, I’ll present my 20Time results to students as I model their end-of-project speech assignment, but I thought a few blog friends might also be curious about how things turned out. Continue reading

Last week, I was having coffee with my neighbor-friend Jenn, who works as a therapist, and I noticed some adult coloring books on sale at the shop.

“That’s trendy,” I said.

“And therapeutic,” she replied, going on to explain how she often has her teen and adult clients color during their counseling sessions. She even gives some sheets to stressed out clients to complete as homework. Huh. Since everything in my brain circles back to my classroom, I thought, “Okay then, let’s give it a try.” Continue reading