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  1. A big favorite here is Pioneer Woman’s fettuccini Alfredo. So easy, too. https://www.bigoven.com/recipe/pioneer-woman-fettuccine-alfredo/998677  I often use light cream instead of heavy cream since I often have trouble finding anything except heavy whipping cream and it’s really good.

    This chicken Marsala is a family favorite. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/12/chicken-marsala-mushroom-pan-sauce-recipe.html  The only thing I do differently is use one or two large yellow onions and dice and carmelize them instead of the shallots.

    This is an amazing fajita recipe. The skirt steak is something I had never bought before trying this. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/06/grilled-skirt-steak-fajitas-food-lab-recipe.html

    I have discovered how much more flavorful chicken thighs are for certain recipes and use them in chicken piccata and chicken parmigiana. I also grill boneless chicken thighs with the skin on with bbq sauce and they are so good!

    This is a delicious gluten free dessert that gets rave reviews from family and friends. And very simple and easy to make. https://iowagirleats.com/2016/06/15/gluten-free-no-bake-strawberry-shortcake-icebox-cake/


  2. 13 hours ago, mamakelly said:

    I saw that. Looks like you either have to buy the teacher pack ($80-100) or all of your students have to buy a license for the review videos and then you get those EconMovie worksheets for free. Ugh.

    Are you using this for a class or just a home-schooled student? Maybe I am missing something, but this looks like what I used with my student a couple of years ago. https://acdcecon.thinkific.com/courses/AP-macro-urp

  3. 1 hour ago, plansrme said:

    If her mentor is amenable, or if you know someone else in a professional position who is, perhaps she could role play some basic scenarios.  I see a lot of young women who could benefit from intentionally lowering the register of their voices; avoiding language such as "I'm sorry this is late," in favor of "thank you for your patience," or, "I feel that X" in favor of, "X,"; and not giggling for any reason.  Even uptalking is terribly common among 20-somethings.  Young women, especially, tend to come across as younger and less experienced than they are and can often benefit from another person's perspective on their presentation.

    This all sounds like good advice, especially the role playing. She actually already intentionally lowers her voice and projects it (which always surprises me when we are out!) from her speech days. I have been working with her for years to avoid unnecessary apologies as well as qualifying language in her emails and she’s gotten really good with that there, but I do wonder if she could be doing that verbally in this position. She isn’t a giggler at all and I don’t think she does the uptalking thing, but I will watch for that to make sure. What she does do is just completely clam up when she is upset or stressed and she can’t do that in this position. She is already feeling more positive with her new mentor and she has given her some ideas to try that will hopefully help, but I thought reading about this might be good too.

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  4. Can anyone recommend something like this? My dd is taking on a leadership role that she desperately wants to perform but is struggling with having the other more experienced males in the group take over the second she hesitates as she is implementing new skills. It is making it difficult for her to get the practice she needs in order to become confident in this role. She is being criticized for not being forceful enough. She comes across as very confident in daily life, but does not feel confident in this role yet and being forceful isn’t her nature. She is a sweet, kind, thoughtful, conscientious perfectionist who doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings so this is a big struggle for her.

    If there is a book that is good that is also offered in Spanish, that would be a bonus.

    Are there gender specific leadership classes for women?

    ETA: Since there are a lot of INTJs on this board, I thought I’d mention that she is an INTJ. Looking for any kind of advice that’s out there.

    One thing she just did was switch to a female mentor. I’m hoping that is going to help her.

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  5. On 12/30/2019 at 2:37 PM, Roadrunner said:

    2 credits; one for Greek Lit and one for Greek History. 

    And I would have felt comfortable with this as well. I just didn’t feel my dd needed two full credits based on other things I was already including on her transcript. She took 4 years of Omnibus classes prior to Great Books and she’d already taken AP English Lang and Literature.

  6. On 12/30/2019 at 11:47 AM, BrittiBop16 said:


    Did you end up counting 1.5 credits for one semester of GB? I'm thinking of enrolling my daughter in GB1 next year and that sounds like something that would work fabulously for us.


    I gave her an English credit and half of a history credit. My dd had audited Mrs, Barr’s Román history class and then participated in GB I, so I combined them and gave her one credit in Greek and Roman history.

  7. On 1/9/2020 at 2:10 PM, Arcadia said:


    If it is AP macro/micro, DS15 who was sick (outdoor allergies) during the AP exam week last year found Jacob Clifford YouTube videos very helpful. He played the video, went through past year FRQs solutions, played the video again, and somehow survived with a 4 (micro) and 5 (macro). That was one evening/night of prep for each exam as he had AP statistics exam in between, so three consecutive days of AP exams. He did both courses over summer in 2018 so he needed the “crash course” style of review.

    FRQ link for macro https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-macroeconomics/assessment

    FRQ link for micro https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-microeconomics/exam

    Jacob Clifford Macroeconomics - Everything you need to know (29:58 mins) https://youtu.be/MKO1icFVtDc

    Jacob Clifford Microeconomics - Everything you need to know (28:55 mins) https://youtu.be/1UxA6JzoT-4

    My ds enjoyed these as well and used them (along with the $10 packet) to CLEP out of macro and microeconomics.

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  8. 4 hours ago, Mom2mthj said:

    Since you provided a review of Anne’s style at CLRC, I can add a bit about Lukeion Greek.  Mr. Barr teaches the Greek classes and he does require the translations to be turned in and has quia for vocabulary practice, but he doesn’t really seem to grade the translations that are turned in beyond the fact that they are completed on time.  The students go over them in class.  The Lukeion classes are one hour, but there is usually a one hour grammar lesson that they are expected to watch outside of class time at the early levels.  I know it was gone by level 3.  I agree that two hours is a really long time to concentrate in one stretch.  Like the difference between the Greeks and the Romans, Mr. Barr is generally more laid back than Mrs. Barr and slower on grading (especially at the upper levels).  There have been semesters that my daughter has gone into the final only knowing one or two test grades.  I do think if he sensed a problem that he would have said something.  She hasn’t needed to ask too many questions in Greek, but Mr. Barr has always been very responsive.  The classes are smaller than the Lukeion Latin sections.

    Thank you. As I was writing my comments, I forgot that the original question was about Greek, lol. My dd did take Greek with Mr. Barr and would agree with Mom2mthj’s comments about the class.

  9. My dd hasn’t taken Greek through CLRC, but she’s taken Latin through CLRC and Lukeion and Anne VanFossen teaches the Latin at CLRC as well as the Greek. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Anne. She is very bright and dedicated to her students as well as being a kind and decent person. The biggest differences between the CLRC and Lukeion classes for my dd were:

    - more scaffolding and accountability with Lukeion. My dd started CLRC’s Latin 4 in 9th grade and the focus was on translating, but the students didn’t turn in their complete translations. My dd didn’t realize that she needed to completely write them out. She was just reading and translating in her head for awhile. Lukeion requires those to be turned in and feedback and grading occurs. They also use quia for vocabulary and quiz practice.

    - Classes were 2 hours long at CLRC vs 1 hour at Lukeion, which felt really long to my dd. However, classes were smaller, warmer and more personal at CLRC. An issue with CLRC is that Anne is very kind and doesn’t want to tell the students they are wrong. That led to some frustration for my dd. On the other hand, Anne was extremely receptive to any questions or concerns we had and always made time to fully delve into issues. Mrs. Barr is too busy for that in our experience.

    I think both classes are great options, and that CLRC just expected the students to take more responsibility for their own learning, which my dd wasn’t expecting after her prior year with Lone Pine where there were tons of assignments to turn in and everything was graded. In the end, we switched to Lukeion mid-semester because of their reputation with AP Latin and taking that exam was my dd’s goal for 10th. I think Anne was just starting to offer AP Latin at that time.

    PM me if you have any other questions.



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  10. Thanks for all the comments/ideas. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do. I don’t even eat the lasagna. But, I don’t want to disappoint everyone else by making something they won’t enjoy. I doubt I can go too wrong with Ree’s recipe or that Allrecipes one. I will watch the video posted later. I have to run out now, but thanks again!

  11. 1 hour ago, Cindy in FL. said:

    I haven’t tried that recipe, but I found a different one a year or so ago that is an absolute favorite of everyone that’s tasted it. 


    This one looks good too and might be a good compromise since it includes sausage but uses ricotta.

    Do you use canned Parmesan cheese or the fresh stuff in this recipe where it calls for “grated Parmesan”?

  12. https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_best_lasagn/

    Has anyone tried this recipe? I always make lasagna on Christmas Eve and I’d like to try something new. The things that are making me question this recipe is the HOT breakfast sausage and the cottage cheese. Is the breakfast sausage going to make the lasagna really spicy? I’ve never had that kind of sausage. And I usually use ricotta in my lasagna and cottage cheese just seems kind of a yucky substitute.

    I’d love to hear thoughts on this recipe, especially if you’ve tried it!  Thanks!

  13. 18 minutes ago, lewelma said:

    Haha.  Nothing sinister. Sometimes kids try to get out of coming. And instead of saying OK, I tell them that they should come.  If I'm going to charge regardless of if they come, then seems to me that I should challenge them on their excuses which have been from 'I was called up at work' to 'I want to go to the beach' to 'I have to meet my friends after school to work on a project that I left to the last minute'. Parents can read texts, so I make sure that if they do they don't think I'm just letting their kids off the hook when the parents are paying.

    I so wish I could work with homeschoolers, but most of them here are unschoolers or just don't have enough money to pay for a private tutor. 



    I like this! I have a waiting list to 2021 so could definitely up my rate! The main problem is that I am hitting the GST boundary, so I will have to charge a surcharge of 15% next year. I haven't told the parents yet!

    And the reason that I charge for non-contact time is that I develop programs for students (so I'm more of a private teacher than a tutor) and sometimes this takes way more time depending on the student. I designed a program to get a kid who could not subtract 8-2 through 12th grade statistics.  I definitely charged this parent more than the kid who is just average and the average program the school offers fits very well.

    Fascinating to see how everyone does it. 🙂  

    It is fascinating to see the different ways people handle this! I have hope again that maybe this would be for me.

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  14. On 11/27/2019 at 10:01 PM, lewelma said:

    I have made a business out of tutoring. I work 25 hours per week and have grown my business for 5 years.  I started at $35/hour for high school math, and have worked my way up to $70/hr and charge extra for noncontact time. My noncontact hours are 3 hours per 10 week term regardless of if you contract for 1 or 2 hours per week. This covers: communication, invoicing, writing reports, prep, printing, etc. I you contract me for multiple subjects, I require more noncontact hours. Students come to my home, and I contact them directly by text.  I charge a flat rate each term whether you show up or not, but I do 10% makeups if you are sick or give me enough notice. 

    I think it very much depends on what you have to offer compared to the competition in your area. Locally, students do Kumon for $60/week, so it seems reasonable to the parents to pay $70 for private one on one. I am not just a homework helper, but design remedial programs to fix problems.  

    I very much agree with Lori that you should not underestimate what you offer. We pay our building's gardener $35/hour, and a math tutor has more skill. My chiropractor works out of her home and charges $60/30 minutes.  I have equal skill to her, but no one would pay me $120/hour given I need to see the kids 1-2 hours per week, and her clients only come every 6 weeks.  My goal is to earn the same as a top teacher earns per year, but with fewer hours because my hours are restricted to after school time. So people pay a premium for me to be available at strange hours.   I currently have a waiting list to Jan 2021, so some of my friends think I should up my rate. 🙂 So there are many things to consider when finding a rate the market can bear and that you feel is fair.

    Good Luck,

    Ruth in NZ

    I’ve started my own business a few times over the years beginning when I was a teen. Being my own boss always seems appealing until I start to realize all the extra work it requires. And the huge chunk that goes to self-employment taxes!

    I have been thinking I would really like to tutor once my daughter goes off to college but you’ve got me wondering if I really want to get into all that goes with it.



  15. Depending on how far along your kids are, another thought is to have them use Spanish121 (or something similar) for conversational practice, read books in the language and write in the language. My dd has her Spanish121 tutor correct her papers. Over the last couple of years of high school, she’s been reading pop psychology books like Grit, Outliers, The Power of Habit, etc. in Spanish. We chose these books over AP Lit because the reading level was in line with conversational Spanish and that’s what my dd wanted to be really strong in. We’ve also used News in Slow Spanish, which can be played slowly or at regular pace. There is a podcast that has a lot of stuff for free on it.

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  16. My dd really enjoyed Ray Leven’s classes and is now fairly fluent in the language reading books in Spanish, writing papers in Spanish and using the language in her volunteer work. https://sites.google.com/site/spanishlearningonline/

    She just wrote a letter in Spanish for my MIL for one of her tenants, so she’s really getting to use the language more than we thought she would. His classes are not for everyone though. My opinion is that they are geared more toward highly motivated students that do not struggle with language learning. His classes never would have worked for my ds, I don’t think.


    The Potter’s School offers Spanish through the AP level and appears to be very successful in preparing students for the exam. We never tried them, though.

    Senor Gamache offers through Spanish 3 at La Clase Divertida. His class offers a great foundation, but he is very disorganized which can be frustrating. My ds was one of the weaker students in his Spanish 3 class a couple of years ago and yet when he took his 200 language course to meet his foreign language requirement at college, he got many comments from the other students about how well he knew Spanish. I know that some of his students have CLEPed out of the language requirement after taking his class.

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  17. I have a section in my school profile where I list our “Educational Partners” and then give a blurb about each. (I got the idea to do that from this board. ) Then, in the course descriptions I have the instructor listed and their educational background. I didn’t put the educational partner in the course description but had I thought to do that I would have.

    Now I want to go back and edit my course descriptions, lol.

    This one’s going to be right up there for me was wondering why in the heck we didn’t put the nine years my daughter played the piano anywhere on her transcript or activities.



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    She took an online discrete math class through the cc and liked it. Her professor commented that she was really great at proofs. So, she really loved proofs when she did geometry and she liked them in discrete math. Maybe she would like calculus better if it was a proof-based class.
    Depending on what college she winds up at and how the credits transfer, she may need to take calculus again, so that’s something I’ll point out to her in case that is an option.

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  19. Craftsy has some fun tutorials for cake decorating. Surprise Inside Cakes is a book with some fun ideas too. https://www.amazon.com/Surprise-Inside-Cakes-Amazing-Occasion-Something-ebook/dp/B008HS0E4E/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1U2BSPRMAU9J5&keywords=surprise+inside+cakes&qid=1575309085&sprefix=Surprise+inside+%2Caps%2C138&sr=8-1

     I like to do cakes, but I have even more fun with cookies. See Flourbox.com for great sugar cookie ideas and supply kits. 

    cake supplies - pans

    tips and bags


    gel food color

    icing spatulas

    cake boards


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  20. 1 hour ago, daijobu said:


    Squeaky wheels are annoying, but they are the ones who get results.   I suspect the lady doesn't feel as "harassed" as your dd thinks she does.  

    Another way to look at it is if you paid a feel to apply to the college, you are paying for some minimal level of service: to acknowledge with accuracy when your application is complete.

    Yes, you are right. I guess we’ve been afraid to push too much since this lady will play a large role in deciding whether my dd is admitted or not. But that was probably a mistake. I’ll update tomorrow.

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