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

June 16, 2019

Preparing for an exam where the average score is 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‘s grade was only a 45% last term, really gave me anxiety. Checking my teacher’s reviews online was not helpful…

Advice from Dad: The Original “Soft Skills”

June 9, 2019

When I was in middle and high school, my dad was home to greet us after school every day. He and I would often drift into long conversations while enjoying a snack together (usually saltine crackers with butter). Looking back, those “cracker conversations” with Dad were my personal “Soft Skills University.” It was during those…

How to Teach a SOAR Workshop

May 27, 2019

It was almost-summer of 1998. I was wrapping-up my first year of teaching… at my alma mater. Just five years before, I was sitting in those desks. Now, my desk was at the front of the room. From this new vantage point, I could see that nearly all my 9th & 10th graders struggled with…

Get Your FREE Preview of Study Skills Curriculum for Middle School

May 22, 2019

Under Pressure? We Can Help! You are facing insurmountable pressures.  Expectations continuously increase, while resources – like your valuable time and energy – decrease.  Nearly every educator I meet is completely maxed out and depleted!  I know the feeling.  I was a classroom teacher for several years.  My husband is a middle school teacher.  My…

Get Your FREE Preview of Study Skills Curriculum for High School

May 22, 2019

Under Pressure? We Can Help! You are facing insurmountable pressures.  Expectations continuously increase, while resources – like your valuable time and energy – decrease.  Nearly every educator I meet is completely maxed out and depleted!  I know the feeling.  I was a classroom teacher for several years.  My husband is a high school teacher.  My…

Lead with Joy: A Retiring Educator’s Legacy

May 20, 2019

Remember the children’s book, Ms. Nelson Is Missing? Ms. Nelson was not appreciated by her students until the stern Ms. Viola Swamp took her place for a while. Suddenly, students had a new appreciation for Ms. Nelson! I recently had a day that reminded me of Ms. Nelson and Ms. Viola Swamp. It involved conversations…

A Mother’s Day Tribute

May 12, 2019

As Mother’s Day approaches and “spring fever” is settling in, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the significant roles that mothers (and fathers) play in homework. As a young student, I had my share of homework arguments with my mom. As an adult, I have become more and more appreciative of the…

“A ‘Good Teacher is a ‘Self-Abuser’ Teacher!”

May 5, 2019

“I am convinced that a ‘good’ teacher is a ‘self-abuser’ teacher!!” My grad-school professor said this in class one day. He was lamenting that his wife, a kindergarten teacher, had been on leave for two years to have their two children (they lived in Canada, with generous maternity leave). He specialized in reading development and…

Boys and Their Shortcuts: A Lesson from Henry Ford

April 24, 2019

I hear one complaint often; it usually comes from moms and female teachers who are frustrated over how much “effort” boys will put into written assignments. It goes something like this: “He knows so much about the material, but he will only write a couple of things… he always wants to take the shortcut!” I often ask,…

Impact of a Zero

April 21, 2019

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! JS…

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