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Susan Kruger Winter, M.Ed.

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…

Day 30 – What Should I Talk About On the Last Day?

August 3, 2011

For a while, I didn’t think this day could come soon enough…the LAST day of 30-in-30! Now, I find that I have a whole slew of ideas, topics, and technologies I could dig further into. And, I will…eventually. For now, I need a break. 🙂 I want to thank you, whole-heartedly, for sharing time out…

Video: The Most Fundamental Learning Strategy

August 3, 2011

In a previous article, I discussed the #1, most fundamental learning strategy of making connections and described a strategy for learning vocabulary words. It is very simple, yet such a powerful strategy, I decided to make a video of it. Take a look:

Hot Button: HOMEWORK!

August 3, 2011

I’ve been watching a curious pattern during this project. There has not been a lot of activity on the blog and I get email responses from less than 0. 5% of the subscribers on this list. However, the number of people subscribing to this list has been steadily growing, so it appears people are reading,…

A Real-Life Happy Ending… in Progress!

August 3, 2011

We hear a lot of negative stories in the world and fight a lot of negativity in our daily lives. I believe a “good story” is always welcome. Today, I would like to tell you a bit more about my former student, Carl. I had Carl as a third-grader, ten years ago. He had a…

What Is the Greatest Predictor of Success in School?

August 3, 2011

Today’s article begins with a quiz: What cognitive process is the greatest predictor of success in school? a) Verbal working memory (auditory processing while conducting other tasks such as note-taking) b) Ability to identify main ideas c) Transcription fluency (ability to write/form letters) d) Ability to spell accurately e) Ability to solve problems Did you…

Homework Guidelines Video

August 3, 2011

Today, I want to share a video from the Today Show that aired in August 2009. I thought it was fairly succinct and provided good points (with two minor exceptions). The video is here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/32595340#32595340 It is only 4:15 long, so I hope you will take the time to watch it, but if not, here…

Homework: The Great Homewrecker!

August 3, 2011

One of the top three questions I hear from parents is, “How much homework is a reasonable amount?” Many parents are exasperated over homework battles and find that their entire family’s well-being is held captive by the volumes of homework assigned to one child. I am just entering into this Battle Zone as a parent,…

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