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Back-to-School Prep: Pandemic Edition

August 4, 2020

Every year at this time, we usually share our evergreen article, 21 Days to Back-to-School Bliss. I wrote it before I had children of my own, but have since referenced it for 15 back-to-school seasons as a mom.  Yet not one of those seasons has ever compared to this year! Nor does any one of…

Study Halls: Where They Go Wrong

July 26, 2020

Study hall… Students hate it…. Teachers hate it more… (Okay, a couple of you like it… but most of you don’t.) Why? Because most study halls don’t work! Recently, we’ve had conversations with several schools about “Study Hall.” All of them expressed frustration over lack of results. From these conversations, two common themes have emerged:…

The Learning CircuitTM: How Learning Works

July 19, 2020

The Learning Circuit Video Transcription Learning is nothing more than your brain creating new wires. How does this work? Every time you learn something new, your brain powers a connection from something you already understand. When this happens, the neuron wires in your brain –the information you already understand– create new wires to capture the…

What Is Your Superpower?

July 12, 2020

Superpowers are not just reserved for the Avengers™.  We all have at least one. You are probably “good” at a wide variety of things.  But, there is *something* that you are REALLY good at! Something you do better than 90% of the population.  That something is your superpower. Your superpower is something you can’t NOT…

Conquer Summer Brain Drain: Let Go of the Guilt!

July 5, 2020

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? Most parents…

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

June 28, 2020

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 14, 2020

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…

True Colors: The Personality of Education

May 25, 2020

By now, you’ve heard me mention Ginelle, SOAR®’s Operations Manager. Ginelle is a certified teacher; she was actually my son’s (favorite) teacher. She is very kind and easily wins respect from her students. But, she holds everyone accountable. I believe she is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and am…

Virtual Teaching + Learning: How to Navigate the Transition

May 20, 2020

Design is a funny word Spring, 2020 will go down as the largest seismic wave to ever touch education… We know you are exhausted! But, look at what you did for your students! Look at how you “kept the learning going.” Look at all the “intangible” lessons you made possible for them, too… We know…

Welcome to Your
Roadmap for Virtual Teaching + Learning!

May 18, 2020

Design is a funny word Lessons Learned the Hard Way In August of 2019, we launched a hybrid secondary school (virtual curriculum w/project-based learning); it was the STEEPEST learning curve of our lives! We were just beginning to “reflect and collect” how to make next fall MUCH smoother, when the pandemic struck! So, we are…

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