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How a Simple Studying Technique Led to the Only 100% Test Grade Out of 250 Students

Preparing for an exam where the average score is a 65% had me a little concerned. I usually got good grades, but had never been particularly good at taking exams. And the fact that my extremely smart roommate had gotten no higher than a 45% on the exam in the class really gave me anxiety.

Some of the best gifts in life come with a delayed reaction.

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A Tale of 2 Parents: Which One Are You?

After teaching in a high school for more than a decade, I met thousands of parents at parent-teacher conferences. As I think back, two particular meetings with parents really stood out to me.

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25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘How Was School?’ Without Asking ‘So How Was School?’

“It was fine.” “It was good.” “It was okay.” If you are a parent, you usually hear one of these 3 answers everyday when you ask your child how school was. The answer always leaves you wanting more.

To find out how your child’s day was at school, you must get creative in how you ask.

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How a $0.06 Tool Gets Students to Use a Planner

Pavlov’s Dog taught us that we pursue activities that provide rewards. This historic experiment is an extremely relevant principle today, especially in education. Students do activities that they can see the value in!

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Why Middle School Sucks for Most Students

My name is Jessie, I’m SOAR Learning’s Marketing Systems Engineer, and I vividly recall the first days of middle school.  Like many students’ first experience…it sucked!  Here’s why…

Like lots of students I loved fifth grade, being the oldest and coolest kids in school was so fun. My teacher cared about me, I had known my friends for years, and I had been sitting at the same lunch table since I was 5 years old.  Everything was smooth sailing.

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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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