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How to Use a Planner… with Dysgraphia

March 12, 2019

I was recently asked by a tutor using SOAR, how to help a student who has dysgraphia use a planner. (Dysgraphia is an extreme difficulty with writing.) It’s such an important question, I wanted to share my response with you. Q: Do you have any suggestions for my student who has dysgraphia and has difficulty writing in…

How to Use a Digital (or Paper) Planner

October 11, 2018

When it comes to using a planner, you really should go “back to the future.” We get lots of questions from our clients about how to use a digital planner. To be successful with a digital planner, it’s critical to employ the basics of a paper planner. Paper vs Digital Planners We still stand by…

How a $0.06 Tool Gets Students to Use a Planner

September 5, 2014

Pavlov’s Dog taught us that we pursue activities that provide rewards. This historic experiment is an extremely relevant principle today, especially in education. Students do activities that they can see the value in! People also avoid pain. No one enjoys or does something that directly causes him or her pain or stress. This fact, and…

How the Planner Saved My Life

October 7, 2013

This article comes to you from my cousin, and SOAR® intern, Kevin. Enjoy! – Susan ——– As I look back on my loooong 21 years of life, I realize one of the defining moments of that time was learning how to manage it. When I think about it, I can look forward to saving years…

How to Manage Your Time With a Planner

July 31, 2013

Why Do Traditional Planners Fail? Many schools provide planners for their students, but never teach them how to use them. They just assume that the students will figure it out. As a result, many students end up carrying the planner around and only use it for the bathroom pass section that is often included in…

“Smart Phones” vs Planners

February 15, 2012

Marcia, a teacher from Wisconsin using the SOAR® curriculum, recently asked us: I was wondering if you have any suggestions for a student who wants to use an e-planner, rather than a paper one? First, I believe that the only way an “e-planner” will be helpful for a student is if it is on a…

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