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80/20 in the Classroom: How to Change the Way You Work

April 18, 2021

There is a universal rule that governs our lives behind the scenes. It works silently, only observed by those aware of its existence. The people who understand its power spend more of their time living happier lives.   They use this principle to accomplish more in less time. We can see it at work in…

Standardized Tests:
Two Proven Ways to Raise Test Scores

April 11, 2021

Research consistently confirms there are two critical ways to raise test scores on standardized tests: Build “cognitive flexibility” with metacognitive strategies.1 If students don’t have problem-solving strategies for learning content, well… they won’t learn it! Obviously. Teach the curriculum, not “to the test.” Teaching “to the test” –also known as “item teaching”– actually lowers test scores; it…

Teaching Students with Autism: Science that Empowers What Your Heart Already Knows

April 5, 2021

Teaching Students with Autism There’s a very good chance you could teach me a lot about teaching students with autism. You’re in the trenches, working with students every day, So, I’m NOT here to tell you what you “should be doing differently.” Nor am I here to point out “where you’re dropping the ball.” I…

The Challenge of Executive Function:
What’s the Antidote?

March 21, 2021

“Students Greatest Need Is Executive Function!” This year, in the SOAR® Learning Laboratories, we challenged ourselves to discover “What do students in special education need the most?” We interviewed special education educators from across the country, expecting to make a “top ten” list we could narrow down to the “top three things” students need. However, we were stunned when one response came…

The Motivation Circuit: How Motivation Works

March 14, 2021

The Motivation Circuit Video Transcription “Motivation” is the term we use to describe a power surge from the emotional region of the brain. When the emotional region of your brain is happy, comfortable, and engaged, it makes a lot of brain chemicals. This provides a hefty power boost the rest of the brain, making learning…

Free Curriculum Evaluation Tool

March 1, 2021

“Fall 2021” cannot come soon enough! On the other hand, it can wait… we all need a break from the past 12 months of physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion! As we all look forward to a fresh start, curriculum decisions for Fall 2021 are happening now, so I am writing to share my Curriculum Evaluation Chart; I…

The Learning Value of Digital Media: Audiobooks, Videos, & Video Games

February 21, 2021

We are both educators, but you can stick a fork in us… we’re DONE! We’ve always said that we could never “homeschool” our own children. Having to do it in global shut-down, while managing growing demands of our “day job,” is simply too much! So, we’ve scaled back. Waaaaaay back. All those social media memes……

Copy of SSC-TRK Test

February 2, 2021

Design is a funny word Includes: SOAR Curriculum Trial PlusReport: 3 Core Problems in Education (with Solutions!) Brian Biology of Learning Videos Congratulations! You’ve Found It Congratulations! You’ve found it… SOAR Curriculum Preview: Browse through the #1 Best-Selling curriculum in the world, used in 4,000+ schools across the U.S. and 40 countries worldwide. Education Reform…

How to Help Your Child’s Test Anxiety

January 10, 2021

Test anxiety is very common.  However, I’ve come to realize that the more we, as parents, try to help our children alleviate that anxiety, we often add to it… accidentally, of course. Jim, a parent using SOAR, recently contacted us with a great question about how he can best help his child. I thought our conversation…

New Year. New Semester. New Homework Solutions.

January 3, 2021

The start of a new year means it’s the perfect time for a new outlook on homework: homework systems! As a parent or a teacher, you know just how much of an energy drain (to put it lightly) homework can be for your students (and you)! Let’s start from the top. The first question you…

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