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Susan Kruger Winter, M.Ed.

Tutoring: A 5-Billion Dollar Business!

August 3, 2011

This week’s article is for you if you are a tutor or have thought about becoming one. It is estimated that parents in the United States spend $5-8 billion a year on private tutoring! Tutors can charge anywhere from $30-$90 an hour, depending on their location and specialty. If you haven’t thought of becoming a…

Study Tips from Eight International Competitors

August 3, 2011

Greetings from DECA’s International Career Development Conference! If you are not aware, DECA is a student marketing association with 185,000 members in eight different countries. My husband and his co-worker (Brian and “Ms. D”) are advisers of their school’s DECA chapter. Brian and Ms. D have worked hard over the last few years to grow…

Study Skills for Adults

August 3, 2011

This week, I am tackling the topic of “Study Skills for Adults.” After attending a long and intense seminar this weekend, I put together a video summary of the best study skills I used to make the most of my weekend. The principles of efficient learning apply to ALL ages! View the video below: I…

Why Do Students Love Certain Teachers? Even the “Gumpy” Ones.

August 3, 2011

If you read my article “How I Was Accused of Child Neglect,” you know we have had some big changes in our household with our first-grader starting a new school this week. So far, we are off to a good start! Last week, I only described one element of our challenges with the previous school. I…

Something Is Desperately Wrong In America!

August 3, 2011

Have you seen the following statistics? 30% = number of students dropping out of high school in the US. 40% = number of college students who have to take at least one remedial course in college. 50% = number of college students who never complete a degree. 66% = number of high school honor students…

My Worst Year of Teaching!

August 3, 2011

 I recently spoke with a young teacher from Minnesota; she said something that resonated deeply within me. This young woman had signed up for an “Ask the Author” session over a product question. However, as we spoke, she made a striking comment. “I am trying my best, but many parents want to blame everything on me!” Her voice cracked…

We Are Currently Preparing Students for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist…

August 3, 2011

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, Using technologies that haven’t been invented, In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” – Karl Fisch, Did You Know When we grew up, the employment rate was fairly stable and our greatest concern was being able to perform just…

How to Make Homework More Interesting

August 3, 2011

I was recently asked a million-dollar question, “How can I make homework more interesting for my child?” The premise of this question is a bit faulty. It is like asking, “How do I make ‘paying bills’ more interesting?” You can play loud music and eat a lot of ice cream while paying bills, but at…

Keeping Education Current – With the World’s Oldest Strategy

August 3, 2011

How DO We Make Learning More Relevant? One way to bridge this gap is to illustrate the connections between what our students are learning and how that information will help them in “the real world.” As you explain these connections, stories will emerge and students love stories! Watch the body language of students change as…

How Do We Educate Our Children to Take Their Place in the Economies of the 21st Century?

August 3, 2011

…Given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of next week? As a parent, I am growing increasingly worried that school will sabotage my first-grade son’s overflowing creativity and problem-solving skills. I value those traits in him more than anything else! With his “out-of-the-box” thinking, he may someday discover…

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