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Conquer Summer Brain Drain: Let Go of the Guilt!

July 14, 2019

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…

THE Right Way to Teach with Student-Led Software

July 1, 2019

Teaching with student-led software raises many questions for teachers… Should I introduce the lesson before having the students jump into the software?  Or, should I let them explore the software, and then discuss the content with them? What if students want to progress farther ahead in the software on their own?  Should I let them?…

The Story of Us… and SOAR

June 29, 2019

Today, Brian & I celebrate our 20th (!!) anniversary. I feel like I’m barely older than 20… how is it possible that I’ve been married that long? You may not know Brian, but he has manned the helm of the SOAR Ship for the past eight years. He is the unsung hero behind every product…

The Story of Us… and SOAR
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June 29, 2019

continued from page 2… Eight years later, we are able to pick up that dream, again. This time, we can mold it into something so much more beautiful and “human-friendly,” as we create a secondary school. Something that will redefine the experience of being 14-18-years-old. Something for: our children, their peers, and (God-willing) many future…

The Story of Us… and SOAR
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June 29, 2019

continued from page 1… Five years later, the dreams I thought would take a lifetime to achieve, had already come true! (Thanks to lots of support from you and family.) Very soon, it became evident that the child I once thought would get in the way of my dreams, was actually the North Star to…

SOAR 2.0: Moving Forward After SOAR

June 23, 2019

One of the most commonly asked questions we get from the teachers who use SOAR is, “what’s next?!”  “Is there a SOAR 2.0?” “Is there more content to teach SOAR for a second year?” “Is there extra content, deeper content, advanced content for SOAR?” “I taught my 7th graders SOAR last year, what do I…

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…

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