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Susan Kruger, M.Ed.

What Happens When You Outlaw Standardized Tests?

August 3, 2011

One country is leading the world in educational achievements. They have created a system that nurtures problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They have developed classrooms where teachers rarely lecture for full class periods, but instead, allows students to determine their own weekly goals and chose the tasks they will work on… at their own pace.…

Are You Spending TOO MUCH Time Learning? (Or,Teaching?)

August 3, 2011

“Small-chunk” learning is the most undervalued concept in education! We have all been raised with this notion that effective learning and good grades can only come from a massive investment of time of energy. That notion is not only wrong, it’s harmful! It turns a lot of eager, willing, and smart people off to learning.…

Everything I Need to Know About My Phone Company, I Learned From a Multiple-Choice Test. (Kinda.)

August 3, 2011

I received the following email from a subscriber: An issue that prevails for many students, including my own daughter, is that testing is conducted through only one format; multiple-choice; end of course/grade, SAT, HSAP, etc are only formatted as multiple-choice assessments. There are a significant number of students who would benefit from various other testing…

Why I Can’t Spell “Entrepreneur” (or “Pee-Yew”)… and Don’t Really Care!

August 3, 2011

Why Am I So Passionate About Entrepreneurial Skills? For a variety of reasons, I believe the next several decades will see the employment pendulum swing further away from “big business” and over to small and independent businesses. For one thing, technology advancements are allowing companies to complete more with less “man” hours and are allowing…

The 3/33 Approach to Back-to-School

August 3, 2011

Most teachers will tell you that the key to a great school year is to invest time at the beginning of the year establishing classroom routines and rules. The 3/33 approach in the classroom refers to spending the first three weeks focusing primarily on these expectations so that the remaining 33 weeks can be focused…

Teacher Appreciation: How To Make Life in the Classroom Better for Your Child

August 3, 2011

What do you have to gain by developing a positive relationship with your child’s teachers? A lot more than you might have thought! One late-summer day, I was busy setting up my classroom when a woman and her son peeked in… Debbie and Luke. I was just transferring into the school and Luke would be in my class…

Increase Your Grades by Talking to Your Teachers

August 3, 2011

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know”? Every adult could probably tell you about some opportunity that arose because they knew the right person at the right time. As human beings, relationships influence everything we do! Why do you think golf is such an integrated part of the business world?…

How to Study for a Test

August 3, 2011

I am frequently asked, “How do I study for tests?” This question actually puts the “cart before the horse” because the efficient way to study for tests is to do your homework on time, ask questions in class, and learn information as it is taught, not just memorize the night before. There are easy ways…

Homework: Staying Focused to Get It Done Faster

August 3, 2011

Recently, a SOAR® subscriber asked for tips to help her daughter stay on-task with her homework. Just last night, a student in my Homework Action Group complained of the same problem. “I have a hard time staying focused on homework. It takes me forever to do it!” I remember, as a young student myself, wriggling…

“I Left My Homework at Home!”

August 3, 2011

Have you ever arrived at school and discovered that you left your homework at home…or your lunch money, gym shoes, library books, permission slip for next week’s field trip…? If you think it is annoying forgetting these things, your parents and teachers find it even more frustrating! The good news is that it is fairly…

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