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“Discipline” vs “Authoritative Bullying”

May 25, 2018

My Alma Mater Threatens to Distribute “Modesty Ponchos” at Prom A few weeks ago, my beloved alma mater of 12 years (and the school where I launched my teaching career and where I launched SOAR) made international headlines when a provocative story broke; the school announced plans to distribute “modesty ponchos” at prom if girls’…

True Colors: The Personality of Education

April 29, 2018

By now, you’ve heard me mention Ginelle, SOAR®’s Operations Manager. Ginelle is a certified teacher; she was actually my son’s (favorite) teacher. She is very kind and easily wins respect from her students. But, she holds everyone accountable. I believe she is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and am…

The Challenge of Executive Function:
What’s the Antidote?

April 8, 2018

“Students Greatest Need Is Executive Function!” This year, in the SOAR® Learning Laboratories, we challenged ourselves to discover “What do students in special education need the most?” We interviewed special education educators from across the country, expecting to make a “top ten” list we could narrow down to the “top three things” students need. However, we were stunned when one response came…

How to Solve Our National Motivation Crisis

March 15, 2018

The United States’ Motivation Crisis is so pervasive; we look right through it. A fish is the last one to know he swims in water. Likewise, the solution is so simple, you might miss its full power. How to Solve the Motivation Crisis We simply need to “change the conversation!” We need to stop focusing on deficiencies…

Student Motivation Is a National Crisis…
and NO ONE Is Talking About It!

March 11, 2018

Student motivation is a national crisis! Across every boundary: gender, racial, geographic, academic, and socioeconomic… students simply don’t care. Everyone knows our education system is in turmoil. It’s critically disconnected from the real-world. People attempt to improve education with STEM or STEAM programs. Or, they try to build “critical thinking skills.” But no one is talking about the…

Expert Advice on Making “Google Classroom” Work

March 5, 2018

Previously, we published an email we received from a parent member of the SOAR community. This parents laid out all of the troubles she was experiencing with Google Classroom. We asked for your help and advice on how this parent could solve her Google Classroom troubles; we knew your experience could help others navigate this struggle. The first several responses…

Help Us, Help You with Google Classroom!

February 26, 2018

Google Classroom is now one of the most widely used Learning Management Softwares (LMS). Sure, Google has changed the world we live in today, but that doesn’t mean their LMS is flawless. We’ve heard many complaints recently about the software from parents and teachers. We recently the following email from a parent member of the…

The “New Initiative” Bandwagon:
The One Fatal Flaw of Every Education Initiative

February 18, 2018

Why Do You Have to Work So Hard to Make Students Learn? You work harder and harder, but clearly feel a drag. You are tasked with more things to do, document, and correlate every day. Your extended efforts never seem to be enough. Students become more apathetic. Many people are quick to blame technology. But,…

How Students Should Set Goals

January 14, 2018

There are three steps to setting goals: deciding, believing, and focusing. Decide. Will you decide to sit down with your class and set goals together? Will you decide to get a pen and a piece of paper and dream? If you don’t decide to fit it in your schedule, think of the repercussions. Think of that…

Why Students Perform Best When Learning Online

January 11, 2018

I recently read about a school where graduation rates rose from 73% to 90%. And, their dropout rate fell from 14% to 3%. All in less than five years! If you’re like me, you want to know, “How!?” The Walker County Board of Education in Jasper, Alabama accomplished this through online education.  The school district setup…

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