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Simple Tips for Students, Teachers, Administrators, and Parents to Start the School Year!

It is finally that time of year again. The time when parents, students, and teachers are all excited for the year that is about to come. Everyone is getting a fresh start. This school year could be when you or your student excels!

The first day of school can be a stressful one. Students have been off for months and struggle to get into the swing of things. Teachers, administrators and parents struggle to help their students make the transition back.

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Making the Shift from “Teacher” to “Coach” Pays Huge Dividends in the Classroom

When you decided to become a teacher, what visions did you have for your future? Was it an inspirational tale of you awakening minds?  “Ah-hah” moments from students spread throughout each day?

Perhaps you were inspired by a movie, like: Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds, or Freedom Writers. Perhaps you instantly connected with those visions and passions to educate children for a brighter future.

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The ‘How To’ Guide To Improving Education: From Anchor Standards To Grit To ADHD and Everything In Between

Simple solutions work best in engineering and education.

In the world of engineering the best solution to a problem is simplest.  Why?  Because the more complex that a solution is, the more ways it can fail.  The same is true in education.  

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Special Education: Study Skills Are Essential for Students with ADHD & Learning Disabilities!

Clearly, the best 80/20 leverage point for helping students with ADHD & learning disabilities is to teach strategies aligned to the circuitry of the brain.  Not only does this allow for maximum efficiency, it naturally builds detours around traditional challenges.

I have ADHD & dyslexia. Both of my children do, too.  Brain-aligned strategies have allowed all of us to have success with learning!  The following illustrations explain a few basic concepts about the biology of the brain that provide insight towards brain-friendly strategies.

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Malcolm Gladwell’s Gift to Detroit: A Language for Success!

The Power of Language

Two nights ago, my ten year-old son, Mark, was getting very upset over simple things.  After the second meltdown, I knew something was up.

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The City of Detroit Is Rapidly Improving; It’s Time for Education to Do the Same.

“We are ALL from the City of Detroit…” Well, you might not actually BE from Detroit, but if you work in the field of education, you can probably relate to many of the challenges that Detroit has faced.

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The Mackinac Bridge Was Once Considered Impossible. Times Changed. So Can Education.

Today is the first day of one of the nation’s largest policy conferences, the Mackinac (pronounced “Mack-i-naw”) Conference. It’s the most important event of the year for the political, business, and non-profit organizations of Michigan.

I’m writing this on the 5-hour road trip to Mackinac; where the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan almost meet.

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How to Grow Grit and Growth Mindsets

In her landmark book, Mindset, Carol Dweck, Ph.D., shares her scientific research on motivation. She concluded that teaching students how to learn, in conjunction with brain biology, is the best way to boost motivation and develop a “growth mindset.” In two scientific studies, she confirmed that this combination works; motivation and grades skyrocketed among adolescents! Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., cites Dweck’s work as one of the strongest ways for students to develop “grit”…the character trait most strongly associated with success!

In her landmark book, Mindset, Carol Dweck, Ph.D., shares her scientific research on motivation. She concluded that teaching students how to learn, in conjunction with brain biology, is the best way to boost motivation and develop a “growth mindset.”

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SOAR® Covers 100% Common Core Anchor Standards!

You can now get a free digital review copy of the 2nd Edition of SOAR! SOAR Study Skills-2nd edition is now SOAR Strategic Learning Skills for College & Career Readiness.

SOAR now covers 100% of the Common Core Anchor Standards! This 2nd edition has all of the same great content you loved before plus three new chapters to ensure full coverage of the Common Core Anchor Standards.

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How Are You Smart?

Last week, I wrote about How to Transcend All Barriers to Learning.  The 100+ year-old story can be summarized in four basic principles:

  • Provide Structure.
  • Celebrate Originality.
  • Build on Aptitudes.
  • Make it Relevant.

Today, in celebration of the release of our 2nd Edition of SOAR®, I am pleased to share an excerpt from the book.  It is from the very first chapter, where we create a context of “Celebrating Originality” and “Building on Aptitudes.”

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