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Student Motivation: How to Get Students in the “Green Zone”

August 18, 2019

It’s second hour in Mr. K’s class. The bell has just rung.  Mr. K is ready to get started with his lesson. But, here’s what Mr. K doesn’t know is lurking under the surface: Susie was just dumped by her boyfriend because of an untrue rumor posted on social media last night. Jimmy’s coach stopped him…

Study Skills for College

August 11, 2019

Whether you teach students who are heading off to college in a few months or in five years, there are a few study skills that can dramatically improve their odds of success. How do I know? I’ve lived this story. If you have not heard it before, the short version of my story is that…

2 Questions to Unlock Motivation & Change Mindsets

August 10, 2019

It was my last semester of college. “Senioritis” had fully kicked-in.  I was ready to graduate. It was also the first day of EAD 315, “Student Leadership Training.” Waiting for class to start, I was focused on the friends I was meeting after class. The instructor began. He asked us to move our desks into…

The Most Overlooked Back-to-School Item

August 4, 2019

Folders, pens, backpacks, pencil cases, paper, planners, binders… You’ve stocked up on nearly every back-to-school item you and your child can think of.  But, you’re probably still missing the most important tool. Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. With all of the back-to-school ads from the big-box office supply stores, we’re led to believe that…

My Mom’s Advice: “Get Some Dumb Friends!”

August 3, 2019

Last week, I received an email from a 30-in-30 subscriber: Her son is a junior in high school who struggles academically. He refuses extra help from a tutor or teacher, insisting he can do it on his own. He has an older brother who does well in school with relatively little effort, so the young…

School Frustration and Anxiety

August 3, 2019

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…

21 Days to Back-to-School Bliss

July 28, 2019

Tips for getting your school-year off to a relaxed and productive start. Gearing up for back-to-school can be a bit overwhelming; there is a lot to do, a lot of transitions to navigate, and often a sense of blues as the realization that summer has, once again, gone by too fast. However, you can easily…

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July 16, 2019

Design is a funny word Legacy Login Use this login if you are:  Parents/students accessing the Student App Home Edition A teacher looking to preview a full version of the Student App, while the new platform is still under construction Use Legacy Login Now! New Curriculum Login Use this login if you are a:  Teacher accessing your 2019-2020 Teacher Guide…

Cue to Reading: How to Identify & Fix Any Reading Challenge…Quickly!

July 15, 2019

My latest eBook, “Cue to Reading: How to Identify & Fix Any Reading Challenge…Quickly!”, is available on Kindle for only $9.99. You can find the Cue to Reading here, or read on for more information about the book. The Cue to Reading will: Give you the power to identify reading problems/disabilities. Teach you a deep…

THE Right Way to Teach with Student-Led Software

July 1, 2019

Teaching with student-led software raises many questions for teachers… Should I introduce the lesson before having the students jump into the software?  Or, should I let them explore the software, and then discuss the content with them? What if students want to progress farther ahead in the software on their own?  Should I let them?…

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