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How to Help Students Manage Anxiety

May 6, 2017

The key to helping students manage anxiety is to understand what’s happening in their brain. “Emotions are the on/off switch to learning,” says Priscilla Vail, author of Smart Kids with School Problems. You and I both know this is true. We know from our own experience that it’s pretty hard to learn geometry theorems when…

How to Build an “Anxiety-Free” Environment in Your Classroom

May 1, 2017

Previously, I wrote about How to Help Your Students Manage Anxiety. If you haven’t read that article yet, I suggest you start with it, here. It explains what causes anxiety, which is key to understanding how to manage it. Today, I want to share some strategies for building an “anxiety-free” environment in your classroom. Obviously,…

How to Transcend ALL Barriers to Education: Poverty, Learning Disabilities, Apathy, & More

April 21, 2017

In 1896, in the slums of Rome, a young woman was put in charge of a group of children labeled “impossible to educate.” As the first female physician in Italy, she had fought great resistance to get her own education; “no one wanted a female doctor.” Her assignment to care for these children was considered…

College and Career-Readiness for Special Education

April 10, 2017

“My students think they are ‘broken,’” lamented one special education teacher. “They don’t have dreams because they don’t think their dreams matter.” The truth is, our education system is not equipped to help any student explore their dreams and options beyond high school. But special education students have an even greater disadvantage; they don’t think…

Educators: “Without YOU, There Is NO Show!”

March 27, 2017

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to deliver the following message of inspiration to 5000 educators at ASCD’s Empower 17 Conference. We sponsored a special showing of Disney’s World of Color as a “thank you” to educators… Good evening! As you settle in to enjoy the show, I encourage you to think back to when you…

Solutions for Core Problem #2 with Education in the United States

November 13, 2016

  In a previous article, I described Three Core Problems with US Education: Core Problem #1: There is a serious motivation crisis among our students. Core Problem #2: There is a lack of relevance in our curriculum. Core Problem #3: We are using completely irrational and ineffective models for learning. Within each problem, there are simple…

The Brain Biology of Learning:
Why the Success Pyramid Works

November 1, 2016

In the previous article, I introduced The Success Pyramid, a simple model showing the three elements of effective and efficient learning. These three levels have a direct link to brain biology. The brain is powered by electricity, just like any electrical appliance. It is made of billions of tiny wires (neurons) that send electrical impulses across various regions of the…

Three Core Problems with
Education in the United States

October 1, 2016

As described in the Introduction to this series, our ignorance of human development is THE core problem with education in the United States. However, within this context, there are three specific areas in which to focus: 1—The Motivation Crisis. Our country suffers from a severe lack of motivation and engagement! Across every gender, racial, geographic,…

Education Reform:
A Simple Blueprint for Human-Friendly Education

September 26, 2016

Introduction to Our Series on Education Reform Everyone talks about the need for education reform. Data consistently confirms the United States is at the bottom of all industrialized countries.1,2 The need for reform is undeniable. Yet, no one seems to know how to make effective reform happen. (Hint: throwing another assessment at students is not the answer.) This problem was…

Article Directory for Education Reform: A Simple Blueprint for Human-Friendly Education

September 23, 2016

Thank you for your dedication to improving education! I welcome your input and feedback. Please share your thoughts here. Sincerely, Susan Kruger, M.Ed.

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