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Susan Kruger Winter, M.Ed.

The New Landscape of Time-Management in Virtual Learning

September 22, 2020

Exactly one year ago this month, we started an adventure that would become the STEEPEST learning curve of our lives… We launched a hybrid secondary school.  Prophetically, eight months before the world would be flipped upside down, we flipped ourselves upside down! In February, 2020, we finally paused for a moment to catch our breath…

The ADHD Circuit: How ADHD Works

September 13, 2020

The ADHD Circuit Video Transcription ADHD is the term we use when the Front Brain has a LOW power supply of brain chemicals. The Front Brain is the organizing center of the brain. It orchestrates everything…from your five senses and emotions to the thoughts you generate in response to them. For example, imagine this string…

Study Skills for College

August 9, 2020

Whether you teach students who are heading off to college in a few months or in five years, there are a few study skills that can dramatically improve their odds of success. How do I know? I’ve lived this story. If you have not heard it before, the short version of my story is that…

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…

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…

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…

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

May 11, 2020

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……

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