Reframe Test Anxiety into Excitement

Researchers are continually finding out more about the human body and brain, so I’m always on the lookout for golden nuggets of studies that can benefit my students. The Atlantic recently published the article “Can Three Words Turn Anxiety into Success?” which I found because it was posted to Facebook by Donors Choose. Student anxiety is an especially hot topic […]

The Sweet Spot

I was out to dinner last night with my husband, and we were talking about when teaching “clicks.” Somehow, somewhere along the way, teaching became second nature. Of course, I’ve known since I was 12 that I wanted to teach–and every experience as a volunteer or intern, along with the quality secondary education program at […]

Falling in Love

One of the most exciting moments that a teacher can witness is watching a student fall in love with literature. Not the puppy love of a student reading popular novels like Twilight or even The Hunger Games, which are easily consumed and digested. The teenage obsession over vampires, werewolves and attractive young actors is a short-lived phase. […]