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October Is “Shakedown” Month!

October 1, 2018

October Is the Most Difficult Month… Are things getting a little “intense” in your classroom? Are your kids stressed out at home? Several years ago, my daughter’s 1st grade teacher, Robert, sent an email update: This week was something of a challenge. Tears and arguments cropped up on several occasions. By Thursday, I was fairly exhausted. Then…

How Does the Brain Really Learn?

September 23, 2018

One of the biggest problems with education is most educators are not taught how their students actually learn. You’ve probably heard about “left vs right brain” learning, or “visual, auditory and kinesthetic” learning. But, today we are going to peel that all back and go a layer deeper… into something far more universal that applies…

THE Right Way to Teach with Student-Led Software

July 16, 2018

Teaching with student-led software raises many questions for teachers… Should I introduce the lesson before having the students jump in to 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…

Building “Critical Thinking” & “Problem-Solving” Skills… with Google

June 17, 2018

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist; using technologies that don’t yet exist, to solve problems that we don’t know are problems yet!”  – Karl Fisch, educator “Critical thinking” and “problem-solving” skills are cited by employers as their “greatest need” in the workplace. But, national and state curriculum standards are loaded so…

“A ‘Good Teacher is a ‘Self-Abuser’ Teacher!”

May 6, 2018

“I am convinced that a ‘good’ teacher is a ‘self-abuser’ teacher!!” My grad-school professor said this in class one day. He was lamenting that his wife, a kindergarten teacher, had been on leave for two years to have their two children. He specialized in reading development and used his wife’s classroom as an observational “lab”…

Study Halls: Where They Go Wrong

March 26, 2018

Study hall… Students hate it…. Teachers hate it more… (Okay, a couple of you like it… but most of you don’t.) Why? Because most study halls don’t work! Recently, we’ve had conversations with several schools about “Study Hall.” All of them expressed frustration over lack of results. From these conversations, two common themes have emerged:…

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…

Quiet Classroom: Techniques For Teachers to Tend to the “Talkers”

August 15, 2016

Ever have a hard time quieting or controlling a loud classroom? I recall from my grade school days the frustration and agony teachers would have when the class would just Not. Stop. Talking!!!!! But… have no fear! We came across an article that gives some super awesome and creative tips on how to quiet down…

Student Motivation: “Only 25% of My Students Are Motivated!”

September 8, 2015

“Only 25% of my students are motivated! The rest don’t care about anything. They don’t respond to anything.” Vivian -a veteran teacher- shared this concern in a recent consulting call. Vivian teaches students with a very low socio-economic background. But, her concern is echoed by teachers and parents all over the country. Student motivation is…

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