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Study Halls: Where They Go Wrong

November 3, 2019

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:…

How Does the Brain Really Learn?

October 13, 2019

One of the biggest problems with education is most educators are not taught how their students actually learn. You’ve probably heard about “left vs right brain” learning, or “visual, auditory and kinesthetic” learning. But, today we are going to peel that all back and go a layer deeper… into something far more universal that applies…

How to Use a Digital (or Paper) Planner

September 22, 2019

When it comes to using a planner, you really should go “back to the future.” We get lots of questions from our clients about how to use a digital planner. To be successful with a digital planner, it’s critical to employ the basics of a paper planner. Paper vs Digital Planners We still stand by…

Why Middle School Sucks for Most Students

September 2, 2019

My name is Kylie, I’m SOAR® Learning’s Marketing Systems Engineer, and I vividly recall the first days of middle school. Like many students’ first experience…it sucked! Here’s why… Like lots of students I loved fifth grade, being the oldest and coolest kids in school was so fun. My teacher cared about me, I had known…

The Most Overlooked Back-to-School Item

August 4, 2019

Folders, pens, backpacks, pencil cases, paper, planners, binders… You’ve stocked up on nearly every back-to-school item you and your child can think of.  But, you’re probably still missing the most important tool. Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. With all of the back-to-school ads from the big-box office supply stores, we’re led to believe that…

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?…

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…

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…

How to Do Online Research & Verify Sources

March 12, 2019

Your students have more information available to them than ever before. The plus side is they can never say they can’t find information on a topic, or that the book was checked out from the library.  But, as you may know, it is very easy for students to find information that is unreliable. Lots of…

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