I Studied, So Why Does My Mind Go Blank When I Take a Test?

Do you spend a lot of time and energy preparing for a test only to feel like your mind goes blank once you start the assessment? This is a common experience. It happens because of the way our brain takes in, stores, and then recovers learned information. There are three …

3 Research-Based Strategies for Supporting Children with ADHD

A quick search of the internet will turn up many “suggestions” for helping students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) succeed in the classroom. However, frustratingly few of these strategies are actually supported by research. Here are three research-based supports proven to maximize academic outcomes for students with ADHD: Teach …

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Reluctant Readers

We all know that reading is critically important to school success. Previous studies have found reading proficiency by third grade to be the most significant predictor of high school graduation and career advancement. However, in 2014, two-thirds of U.S. third graders lacked competent reading skills. By the time these students …

We Already Know How to Fix Education

Just imagine if all teachers were given a break from constant new programs introduced from above and allowed to teach this way. Imagine the growth we could see. One of the most frustrating experiences as a public school teacher is being forced to start a new fancy program each year, …

3 Ways Switching to Google Keep Can Help You Stay Organized

I used to love writing on sticky notes. A few years ago, if you walked into my office you would have seen an array of rainbow notes with everything from grocery lists to the details of a recent phone call with a customer. As an entrepreneur and also a parent, …

A Really Simple Way to Achieve More Goals

If You Are Working On A Challenging Goal, Plan Backwards As a study skills tutor, I often work with high school and college students to prepare for exams, write a lengthy paper, or plan how a project will be completed. I notice that many struggling students simply jump into their …

Five Simple Student Routines for School Success

We all want our children to grow into happy, successful, and independently functioning (as in not living on our couch) adults one day. As a teacher, study skills tutor, and parent, I have come to the conclusion that if you want to know what to teach your child so that …

Keeping the Focus on the Positive

as featured on Edutopia.org: As a special educator with seven years’ experience as a public school teacher and now seven more as a private tutor, I work with students with huge academic and behavioral challenges. Often the discrepancies between their current performance and what is expected are so large that …

Do You Wonder if Your Child Has Dyslexia?

  Do you wonder if your child has dyslexia? Maybe you wonder if you have dyslexia. You are definitely not alone. As a special education teacher and reading tutor, one of the most common questions that I am asked by parents is, “Do you think my student has dyslexia?” I …

Volunteering: It’s good for way more than your student’s college application.

“I am so glad I am here,” the teenage girl next to me says as she heaves clunky binders and packs of notebook paper into marked boxes. We are in the back of a box truck on a warm summer day in the south. A cool breeze blows my hair …