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Conquer Summer Brain Drain: Let Go of the Guilt!

I sent this article last June to my subscribers.  At the time, our Executive Manager, Amy, was just wrapping up what became her last year in the classroom. (Before joining us.)  She really love the email and wished I had sent it sooner so she could have shared it with her families.  So, it was Amy’s suggestion that we send it out again.  Please share with your families.

Summer vacation is coming—for some of us it’s already here—and that means it’s time to tackle Summer Brain Drain again. How do we keep our kids’ brains active for the three months that they’re out of school? How can we make the gap between school years an advantage, and not just dead space?

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How to Transcend ALL Barriers to Education: Poverty, Learning Disabilities, Apathy, & More

In 1896, in the slums of Rome, a young woman was put in charge of a group of children labeled “impossible to educate.” As the first female physician in Italy, she had fought great resistance to get her own education; “no one wanted a female doctor.” Her assignment to care for these children was considered an insult. In a sense, she and the children, ages 3 to 6, were outcasts together.

When education practices are based on complete human development, there are no limits on learning. Maria Montessori proved this when she transformed “outcast” and “ineducable” children of the slums of Italy into successful students who surpassed their peers on standardized tests.

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Letter to My Younger Self



Today is a very special day for me.  It’s my 10th anniversary as a parent!  Yes, today is my son’s 10th birthday.

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An Appeal for Support from Susan Kruger’s Husband

I am Susan Kruger’s husband.  Today I’m asking you to support my wife with three simple clicks of your mouse button. (Nothing more; no email sign-ups, no annoying marketing, just mouse-clicked votes).

Are you a fast-track, quick-start?  If so, Click HERE!

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6th-Grade Boy Describes the Impact of Study Skills

Happy post-holiday season!  Or, for those of us in the midwest and northeast, it’s the holiday season that won’t end!  Schools have been called off in our town, just north of Detroit, for six consecutive days due to weather.

But, I want to share something that stretches a-l-l-l-l-l-l the way back to the eve of Christmas Eve…

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Vocabulary and Differentiation: Larry Says, “Just Deal with It…”

Two weeks ago, we published an article about learning vocabulary words (available here). It was my answer to a question from Jean, a concerned parent whose son was struggling with an on-going vocabulary testing situation.

Immediately after we published that article, we received a response from Larry M.  Here’s what Larry had to say:

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How to Learn Vocabulary Words

We received an e-mail from our client Jean:

I’m wondering if you can help with a recurring problem.  My son, Daniel, gets 20-25 vocab words every couple of weeks for his Language Arts class.  For the test, he has to pull the words out of his head, spell them correctly and write the correct definition.  In other words, the test is not matching or multiple choice.  The teacher is very kind and wants the students to retake the test if they score below a certain percentage, but then Dan has several lists of words to study.  Anyway, Dan’s been having trouble passing the tests the first time.   I’ve encouraged him to write sentences using the words so that he can relate the word to something meaningful in his life.  I’m wondering if you have any other suggestions.

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Impact of a Zero

Have you ever thought about the impact of a zero? Probably not. Well, this week Brian put together a video to explain how one or two missing assignments can have a devastating impact on your grade.

If you’ve never thought about the impact that a zero can have, you need to watch this video!

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Dealing With Report Card Stress

Dealing With Report Card Stress

Report card stress is an all to common occurrence this time of year.

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Understanding the Needs of the 21st Century Learner

In anticipation of the upcoming Microsoft’s Partners in Learning webinar on October 23, 2013, I was interviewed by Microsoft to get my take on the state of education in our country. Read on to see the interview.

What drew you to the field of education? Why is it important to you?

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