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Susan Kruger, M.Ed.

How to Improve Motivation

August 3, 2011

Can you think of a few times in your life when you felt particularly good about yourself…when your “self-esteem” meter was on the rise? What inspired those feelings? Every one of those memories is likely tied to an accomplishment you made in some way, shape, or form; a result of effort and work on your…

You’re From Detroit???

August 3, 2011

Yesterday, I took a walk down memory lane, visiting a special store called The Detroit Shoppe. I was inspired to share some thoughts about what makes me proud to be from Detroit. I was chaperoning a field trip with my husband’s marketing class to a local shopping center that is a national attraction, Somerset Collection.…

What to Do When Students Are Not Motivated!

August 3, 2011

Motivation! Ah…if I had the magic pill that would light a fire under students and children, I would certainly bottle it instead of writing these articles in the wee hours of the morning and night. This is a hot topic and the root of several questions I have received since announcing this project a couple…

The Fundamental Learning Strategy: Are You Exploiting It for All of Its Potential?

August 3, 2011

I would like to share another perspective about how the brain works. This one, in my opinion, is FUNDAMENTAL. It applies universally to everything you learn. If you really understand this, you can find unlimited applications to improve your learning (and teaching). You are undoubtedly aware of it to some extent, but are you exploiting…

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…

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