Jobs In Music That Aren’t The Rockstar

I’d like to introduce you to a few unique jobs that you probably didn’t realize were possible careers. We’ll talk about some of the behind-the-scenes players that help keep the music industry running.


The Road To True Discovery In life, there are things that we just know. For example, I just know how to jump rope. I didn’t always know, but now I do. I simply know how to play the trumpet, and I simply know my times tables. As educators, we strive for our students to reach […]

Why Take an Open Note Test?

I’ve seen students have lots of different reactions to open note tests. Some are confused, some are very happy, some feel duped, some feel relieved. The fact is, open note tests do have a place in our curriculums, and they can be just as useful of an indicator of how well a student understands the […]

Creating Self-Directed Learners: Beyond Study Skills

Self-directed learning might feel like just another buzzword in today’s curriculum, but in fact it’s a way of thinking and interacting with the world that can help a student far beyond their high school education. Some school districts have begun to implement self-directed courses inside their curriculum because they recognize the value of this skill […]

How to Bring the Real World into Your Classroom

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a student say, “But when will I ever use this?” Their frustration is understandable—no one likes having to memorize facts that don’t feel relevant! The trick is to make your lesson plans feel useful, and current, using language and ideas that are accessible to your student. […]

Math: When Am I Ever Going to Use This Stuff?

It’s the chorus of bored or frustrated students everywhere: why do I have to learn this? When will I ever use it? Especially with math, it’s a common complaint, because students might feel like learning a particular formula or geometric principles isn’t going to be applicable in later life. There are a few easy answers […]

What to Do When You’ve Hit a Wall

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve hit a wall. For some students I’ve worked with, learning math felt even more challenging because they were hitting a wall with every lesson plan! Just like any other obstacle, you can’t just drive through it—you’ll need strategies, and resources, that can help you find a way around. […]

5 Ways to Make Goal Setting More Effective

Goal setting is an important skill for all of us to develop. For students who are working self-paced or self-directed through a curriculum, it’s even more vital to have a plan for how to complete your academic goals. But sometimes our goals aren’t clear enough for us to make real progress, or we wind up […]

Know Your Unique Learning Style!

Learning Styles: Revolutionizing Your Student’s Relationship to School By Dennis DiNoia, M.A.Ed Have you ever wondered why reading the story yourself instead of someone relaying it to you helps you comprehend the information better? It’s because you’re most likely a visual learner! Everyone has their own learning style. To succeed in school, relationships, jobs, etc. […]

How to Study for the SAT & ACT

It’s that time of year again! I’m often asked, “What’s the best way to study for the SAT or ACT?”  Well, I have a ton of helpful tips and tricks, but if you only want a few to focus on then I can help you out.  I’ve boiled it down to three extremely important tips […]