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Susan Kruger Winter, M.Ed.

The Mackinac Bridge: A Back-to-School Adventure

September 5, 2012

Much of the country has been “back to school” for a few weeks now. In Michigan, however, today is the official First Day of School. My family decided to beat the back-to-school blues that creep in over Labor Day weekend and went on a very special Michigan adventure! We walked across the magnificent, five-mile long,…

Learning from Tragedy: Honoring Kenley’s Spirit

July 2, 2012

NOTE: I first wrote this two weeks ago, but needed some time to collect my thoughts and thoroughly review it before sharing. This is a tough story and includes my personal journey for making sense of tragedy, including a few spiritual thoughts and beliefs. There is a powerful message here for all parents and educators.…

22 Year-Old Tutor… With a Waiting List

May 29, 2012

When I was 22, fresh out of college, and beginning my first year of teaching, I moonlighted as a tutor. I had so many tutoring clients, I had a waiting list! How did I manage that? For one reason and one reason only. I was a study skills tutor. Not just a tutor…a Study-Skills-Tutor. It…

“I Teach Study Skills and Won a Teaching Award!!”

April 23, 2012

The title of this post greeted us in our email inbox on Friday. Elisa Collins, a middle school teacher in Cape Coral, FL, wrote us with exciting news! She went on to say: “…and Karl Fisch contacted me and congratulated me!! I have used the SOAR® curriculum for 3 years now and it has made…

Motivation: A Simple Lesson from Dumbo

April 23, 2012

We recently took a family trip to Walt Disney World. My seven-year-old son loved Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and having his picture taken with Darth Vader & Storm Troopers from Star Wars! Despite these –and many other- magical attractions, do you know what ONE thing my son loved more than anything else? The one…

Today Is My Redemption Day!

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 One year ago today, I was called in to meet with my son’s principal… and accused of “Educational Neglect!” In the eyes of the court, “Educational Neglect” is full-fledged child abuse. How on earth could this happen to me? You may know bits and pieces of this story from the past year.…

Homework Is Sabotaging My Family!

March 13, 2012

For the last few months, my son has been drowning in homework! He’s in second-grade. As you may know, he has dyslexia and ADHD. But, his “disabilities” are not the problem. As a matter of fact, our targeted interventions and his hard work have put him very close to “grade-level.” He hates writing (the process…

My Greatest Productivity Breakthrough in Years!

March 6, 2012

I imagine your life is a lot like mine…too many things to do and not enough time to do them! This seems to be the curse of our technological age. We have great tools for improving efficiency, but we are also expected to be infinitely more productive. As you know, most of the time, I…

From Failing to 4.0

February 29, 2012

I struggled in school. From kindergarten thru 12th grade, I struggled to earn mediocre grades. I would study for hours…then fail a test. Over time, I had no motivation to study. “Why should I bother?” I wondered. As I entered college, I knew something would have to change. Based on my track-record, I would never…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 10): When ADHD Children Have ADHD Parents

February 20, 2012

This week, I thought I would share an inspiring article from ADDitude Magazine.  I am a big fan of ADDitude and was very touched by an article about a mother and daughter who overcame substance abuse and threats of suicide through a double ADHD diagnosis.  They learned about ADHD together, and grew significantly from their…

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