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Teacher Appreciation: How To Make Life in the Classroom Better for Your Child

August 3, 2011

What do you have to gain by developing a positive relationship with your child’s teachers? A lot more than you might have thought! One late-summer day, I was busy setting up my classroom when a woman and her son peeked in… Debbie and Luke. I was just transferring into the school and Luke would be in my class…

Increase Your Grades by Talking to Your Teachers

August 3, 2011

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know”? Every adult could probably tell you about some opportunity that arose because they knew the right person at the right time. As human beings, relationships influence everything we do! Why do you think golf is such an integrated part of the business world?…

How to Study for a Test

August 3, 2011

I am frequently asked, “How do I study for tests?” This question actually puts the “cart before the horse” because the efficient way to study for tests is to do your homework on time, ask questions in class, and learn information as it is taught, not just memorize the night before. There are easy ways…

Homework: Staying Focused to Get It Done Faster

August 3, 2011

Recently, a SOAR® subscriber asked for tips to help her daughter stay on-task with her homework. Just last night, a student in my Homework Action Group complained of the same problem. “I have a hard time staying focused on homework. It takes me forever to do it!” I remember, as a young student myself, wriggling…

“I Left My Homework at Home!”

August 3, 2011

Have you ever arrived at school and discovered that you left your homework at home…or your lunch money, gym shoes, library books, permission slip for next week’s field trip…? If you think it is annoying forgetting these things, your parents and teachers find it even more frustrating! The good news is that it is fairly…

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.”…

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