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Strategies for Successful IEPs

January 12, 2020

The only battle more epic than Batman vs. Superman might be “parent vs. teacher” in a special education IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. My First IEP I’ll never forget one particular IEP… I was accused of “not having the student’s interests in mind.” David had ADHD and a learning disability in written expression.  David’s greatest challenge…

Increase Motivation: Identify Your Multiple Intelligence

December 16, 2019

Are you smart? Immediately you start judging yourself. Maybe you answered “yes.”  Or, “no.”  Or, maybe you waffled with indecision. As a society, we make this judgement of others all the time.  Even the best teachers in education find themselves with thoughts like, “Kyle is a bright kid, he’ll learn this quickly.  But Laura will…

Inside Out: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

September 21, 2019

Tears. Shouting. Pouting. Kicking. Screaming. More tears.  This perfectly describes the temper-tantrums I see in my 5-year old daughter, Madison. I know my child isn’t the only who has temper-tantrums.  But, I still wonder, “What is going on with you, child?!” I would patiently try to get to the root of the problems. I would…

Student Motivation: How to Get Students in the “Green Zone”

August 18, 2019

It’s second hour in Mr. K’s class. The bell has just rung.  Mr. K is ready to get started with his lesson. But, here’s what Mr. K doesn’t know is lurking under the surface: Susie was just dumped by her boyfriend because of an untrue rumor posted on social media last night. Jimmy’s coach stopped him…

Soft Skills May Have Prevented The Rise Of Darth Vader…

May 4, 2019

When our team realized this week’s newsletter would go out on Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!) we got a little punchy! Then we discovered a very powerful insight… “You underestimate the power of the Dark Side!” – Darth Vader   Darth Vader is one of the most well-recognized villains in movie…

80/20 in Special Education: How Special Ed Can Create Big Gains With Minimal Effort!

June 10, 2017

Can You Relate…? You’re a special education teacher (or maybe you know one) sitting in a building-wide staff meeting.  In the meeting, the results of your state’s annual, standardized test scores were released.  The results are good, except for one segment of students that are not showing enough improvement and thus hurting the school’s overall…

“Betsy DeVos Is Now the Most Powerful Educator In America!”

February 13, 2017

“Betsy DeVos is now the most powerful educator in America.” That was the first thing I heard when I flipped to NPR yesterday. You can agree or disagree with the appointment and subsequent approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, but I think we can all agree that… The most powerful educator is YOU. Whether…

Report Cards: Dealing with Poor Grades

October 21, 2016

If you’re like the millions of parents who open report cards and sigh, this article is for you. Upon opening a report card, you experience a flood of emotions.  Almost like going through the 5 stages of grief: Denial:  “No, this can’t be right.  I made him sit at the kitchen table every night and…

Why Is Homeschooling the Fastest Growing Segment In Education?

September 16, 2016

“The number of parents choosing to homeschool their kids is growing 7 times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 every year.” (as reported by Education News, click HERE for the full article.) Do you wonder why that is? Education is free in the United States and many parents enjoy the fruits of…

Study Skills: The Missing Link

August 29, 2016

College is hard. I will be going into my third year at a university and I can honestly say these past two years have kicked my butt! Many of my friends called me a “nerd” in high school because I really cared about my grades and wanted to do well! The teasing was worth it…

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