How to Get a Higher Word Count Without Adding “Fluff”

Do you, or a student you love, struggle with essay word counts? It can be so hard to meet the teacher’s requirements for x number of words, especially when you are new to writing research papers and essays. Recently with a 9th-grade client, I discovered how...

Tips To Plan Better

Effective planning is such a buggaboo — especially for teens whose brains won’t be mastering the art of the executive function until (eep!) age 25 or so. And especially during our distance learning situation, when many students have MANY MORE instructions...

What’s Your Distraction Free Set Up Routine?

Do you have trouble keeping your attention on your homework because of soooooooo many distractions? I was talking about that recently with a student of mine. She’s a junior in high school and has ADHD. Although she’s not terribly concerned about her own...

Get Re-Energized With This Short Break

Last week during my webinar “Zoomed Out?!”, I heard y’all loud and clear — we want more short, energizing, physical breaks that we can lead with our students, or ourselves!! Today’s video is my answer to that! Just the other day I had a...

Having Trouble Thinking in This Pandemic? Here’s Why.

Are you having trouble thinking? Is your brain weirdly mushy right now, during this strange Corona Virus Pandemic? In my staff meeting on Tuesday morning, my assistant asked, “Is anyone else feeling like it’s hard to THINK?!” Yes!!! For sure!! And I...

What Makes a Space Calming & Restorative (Part 3 of 4)

Where do you go when you need to recover your energy? What kinds of spaces and environments are the most effective — and which are the least effective — in helping you energize after a draining day? More and more I’m seeing that students need to...

307: 10 Ways to Stay Awake in a Boring Class

School is boring much of the time! So how do you stay awake and engaged when your whole system wants to tune out? Gretchen walks students through more than 10 simple ways to keep yourself going so you can learn what you need to learn. Specifically she discusses: Silly...