The Not So Common Cold

My youngest woke up with a sore throat. She had no fever but did have a runny nose. She felt tired and was not as bubbly as she normally is. Pre-pandemic, I would have given her an ibuprofen for her throat pain, made her some hot herbal tea and sent her off to school withContinue reading “The Not So Common Cold”

Student Drivers

Do you remember getting your Learner’s Permit? I do not. I am sure I had one but because we lived on a mountain I was driving up and down our country road since I was old enough to see over the steering wheel. So by the time I got my license I was very goodContinue reading “Student Drivers”

How Teens Can Succeed In Public School

Summer “vacation” is almost over already for one of my kids. She starts 10th grade on July 26. The younger one starts 7th grade on August 23. They both are honor students and have high IQs but it takes the whole family’s involvement to keep the momentum going and to stay positive. Public school isContinue reading “How Teens Can Succeed In Public School”

High Schools Students Need Sleep!

According to http://www.cdc.gov the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that middle and high schools should aim to start no earlier than 8:30 AM to enable students to get adequate sleep. Teens need at least 8 hours of sleep per night. Younger students need at least 9 hours. Yet, the schedule in my kiddo’s district begins at 7:25 AM. It doesContinue reading “High Schools Students Need Sleep!”

My Career path, part 4

When I was in college the first time around, I had fun. I learned stuff, and I got a degree, but mostly I learned about life, and relationships, and adulting. Even though I never used that degree, I wouldn’t give up one minute of my college career, because I learned so much about ME. ButContinue reading “My Career path, part 4”

Doing Shots Before Grading Papers

I was a high school English teacher for a hot minute – 7 years – in the 90s. I loved my job. I loved my students and I loved sharing literature and vocabulary with all of the kids in my classes. The low pay, long hours, no raises, no career development, low support from administrators,Continue reading “Doing Shots Before Grading Papers”

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Do you remember the first time an adult asked you that question? I did not even know what it meant to “grow up” really. I then wondered what they were talking about – I am already ME so why would I change? I’m having to ask my 15 year old similar questions as she preparesContinue reading “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?”

One Time In English Class

Since I have never been to band camp I never get to start a story with “One time in band camp. . .” so I’m going to tell you a story about a time when I was a high school English teacher. In the 7 years of teaching from 1991-1998 I have amassed some amusingContinue reading “One Time In English Class”