Jenny Schoberl – Ellen Show…And Tell

Jenny Schoberl’s son Holden is almost seven years old, and so totally knows that his mom is a famous blogger. In fact, he’ll even brag sometimes that he’s more famous than she is—considering that her blog is called “Holdin’ Holden.”  The spotlight suits him pretty well. But sometimes…it goes just a touch too far. One year, …

Heidi Koffman – Burn, Baby, Burn

There are many things in this world that don’t quite go together. Cell phones and buckets of water, for example.  Or peanut butter and tuna.  Or left shoes and right feet. But in this case, it was a required Home Economics class, and a high school senior who hated to cook. The class was taught …

Lenore Skenazy – Bus Troubles

For the past six years, a magnet school in Manhattan has had its 6th graders do a special project based on Lenore Skenazy’s book and blog “Free-Range Kids.” The rules are simple: the kids can tackle any little “grown-up” task, as long as it’s legal…and their parents say yes. After they complete their project, they …

Joseph Foy – Duck and Cover

It was the middle of the school year for teenage Dr. Joseph Foy, and an impossible assignment had just been dumped in his lap. After transferring from an Alabama junior high school to one in Florida, Joe was plopped in an English class, and the teacher came up to him after the final bell rang. …

Laura Petersen – Calcu-later!

There are three things to know about college-age Laura Petersen before we jump into this story. First, she was a self-described “big nerd.” Always learning, always taking classes, and always taking tests.  Not one for text anxiety, she actually tended to get a little competitive over tests.  She ate them for breakfast. Second, she always, always …

Erika Hanson – Tripod, Tripod Again

It was her first year of art school, and Erika Hanson was saddled with a teacher that was legendarily bizarre. Everything he did was a little eccentric.  He often showed up to class dressed like he was about to embark on an expedition.  He routinely spoke in a mumble so that students would have to …

The Case for Summer Tutoring

Many parents and students hold dearly to the belief that summer is a time for a complete mental break from the rigors of school. While it is important to take breaks to improve performance, summer is too long a break to allow students to go without academic stimulation! The consequences of this extended academic furlough …