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Strategies for Successful IEPs

January 12, 2020

The only battle more epic than Batman vs. Superman might be “parent vs. teacher” in a special education IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. My First IEP I’ll never forget one particular IEP… I was accused of “not having the student’s interests in mind.” David had ADHD and a learning disability in written expression.  David’s greatest challenge…

New Year. New Semester. New Homework Solutions.

January 5, 2020

The start of a new year means it’s the perfect time for a new outlook on homework: homework systems! As a parent or a teacher, you know just how much of an energy drain (to put it lightly) homework can be for your students (and you)! Let’s start from the top. The first question you…

Increase Motivation: Identify Your Multiple Intelligence

December 16, 2019

Are you smart? Immediately you start judging yourself. Maybe you answered “yes.”  Or, “no.”  Or, maybe you waffled with indecision. As a society, we make this judgement of others all the time.  Even the best teachers in education find themselves with thoughts like, “Kyle is a bright kid, he’ll learn this quickly.  But Laura will…

SOAR® Social-Emotional Learning Skills App – Home Edition

December 12, 2019

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), also known as emotional intelligence is about understanding one’s self and others. It includes skills such as:

  • Awareness of our emotions 
  • Managing our emotions and our interactions with others
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with others
  • Making responsible decisions

When Addiction Changes Your Life Story

December 11, 2019

As the holidays approach, this time of year often amplifies grief. Loss of loved ones, or even loss of “what used to be” becomes more… well, MORE. I doubt anyone reading this has not been impacted by addiction… in some way, shape, or form. Today, I want to share a very important, powerful, and raw…

How I Almost Forgot the Meaning of Thanksgiving…

November 18, 2019

Although I’m very blessed to be hosting 40+ family members at my home for Thanksgiving, I almost forgot to be thankful… The plan was to move my husband, our two kids, and myself into our new home this past weekend. Then, be ready to host my 40+ extended family members for Thanksgiving less than a…

How to Help Your Child’s Test Anxiety

November 17, 2019

Test anxiety is very common.  However, I’ve come to realize that the more we, as parents, try to help our children alleviate that anxiety, we often add to it… accidentally, of course. Jim, a parent using SOAR, recently contacted us with a great question about how he can best help his child. I thought our conversation…

Great Tool for Planning Big Projects

November 3, 2019

We are heading in to the time of year that students of all ages have reports, presentations, and other big projects to do. So, I am sharing a nifty, on-line tool that is a great for helping students map out a plan for these big projects. It is a calendar creator that will allow you…

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My Grandma’s Eternal Halloween Departure

October 27, 2019

Happy Halloween! On this peculiar holiday that celebrates death, I thought I would share a very crazy, but 100% true story about my Grandma’s Eternal Halloween Departure. Hey, I’m not the one who invented this holiday! So, if it sounds a little weird to celebrate this story, well… it is. But, death is a natural part of…

Processing Emotions: Why Facing Tough Stuff Hurts and Helps

October 20, 2019

This website is primarily dedicated to optimizing the process of learning. However, learning has no greater roadblock than negative emotions. For that reason, I am planning a series of articles on “emotional intelligence.” Frankly, I’m long overdue to address this topic. But as they say, “hindsight is 20/20.” Several recent situations keep bringing this topic…

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