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Susan Kruger, M.Ed.

Homework: The Power of Positive Consequences

August 3, 2011

At a recent presentation for parents, I mentioned the importance of providing positive consequences to motivate students with homework. Afterwards, one mother approached and explained that her daughter has been having problems all school year. “Her teacher has been insisting that I provide a lot of punishment at home,” she explained. “I think that might…

Homework Focus:
“Is it Multi-Tasking or Distracting?”

August 3, 2011

At a recent education conference I attended, there was a lot of buzz about the “multi-tasking” learner. Essentially, educators are recognizing that today’s students are plugged into their iPods®, surfing the internet, and text-messaging their friends all at the same time. So, there is a new push to educate students in that same “multi-tasking” mode.…

Tribute to a Special Friend with Terminal Cancer

August 3, 2011

Last week, my dad shared a story that really touched me and has been on my mind for a few days, so I thought I would share it with you. Dad had just returned from a two-week trip to his hometown of Eau Claire, WI. While there, he visited with Gerrie, a former classmate that…

Morning Organization:
ONE Simple Cure for Morning Mayhem

August 3, 2011

It is 6:00 AM…you have already hit the snooze button twice and are dreading the morning marathon hat lies in front of you. Making sure everyone is dressed and ready for school is enough of a process, especially when everyone is bleary-eyed (and oh-so cheery) at the very beginning of the day. Soon the chaos…

Homework Help:
“I Don’t Have Time for Homework!”

August 3, 2011

As a classroom teacher, I used to hear excuses from a few students every morning about why they did not have their homework. Most of them had to do with extra-curricular commitments: “I couldn’t do my homework last night because I had a baseball game.” Or, “I had to go to my brother’s basketball game.”…

Student Confidence:
“So You Think You’re Stupid? Maybe You Are.”

August 3, 2011

I recently received an email from a parent who is desperately frustrated over the struggles her middle-school son is facing. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and bi-polar disorder. School and everyday life, she says, is a real struggle; he loses everything and forgets everything. Like every other student I have met with these same…

Fighting Procrastination Over the Holidays

August 3, 2011

The winter break is before us and, speaking for myself, procrastination is setting in. Case in point…I REALLY did not want to sit down and write this article for December. I came up with all kinds of excuses by thinking things like, “I have too many other things to do that are much more pressing.”…

School Frustration and Anxiety

August 3, 2011

School Frustration and Anxiety: if you’ve ever felt totally lost and hopeless in school, there are some things you can you do to flip that feeling around… Feeling Like I’m Back in 4th Grade, Learning Long Division I recently had an experience (in fact, I’m still floundering my way through it) that took me right back…

Study Skills Are Boring! Or, Are They?

August 3, 2011

“Study skills are boring!” That is what most students tell me when I first meet them. Boring!? These are skills that can help them get better grades and spend less time on homework…how can they be boring? Honestly, there is a good explanation for the bad rap that study skills have developed over the years…

Study Skills: Lessons From a Football Quarterback

August 3, 2011

This time of year, my blood runs green and gold for the Green Bay Packers. My father grew up in Wisconsin during the Vince Lombardi era. I grew up in Detroit where people only complain about the Lions. I don’t think it was ever a decision…I was born a Cheesehead. Last night, I watched the…

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