In this podcast episode, Dr. Steven Greene discusses how to make your POD experience as productive as possible.


It does take planning and some work, but it is worth it.  Measure twice and cut once.

Here are 10 tips for a successful ‘Pod’

  1. Compatibility
  2. The 5 Structures
  3. Evaluation
  4. Go beyond academics.
  5. Set goals.
  6. Teamwork and group work
  7. Interface with other pods.
  8. Seek expert advice.
  9. Interface with teachers.
  10. Make the pod unique. You don’t have to emulate school to be successful and for the children to learn.

Steve Greene with the Make the Grade podcast. I’ll give you three other things you can do. I offer a virtual learning plan. It’s an excellent tool. Parent, family fills out a survey, completes a questionnaire. Based on the questionnaire, I put together a two or three page document for you that guides you through home learning.

Let me make something clear: home learning is not going to be limited to virtual learning during the shut-in. There’s always been homework. I’ve been in education thirty plus years, there’s been homework all thirty of them. So there’s always a home component to learning, and this is what this plan does. It’s that much more valuable in a virtual situation. 

Other resources;

SAVE THE DATE September 10th, 2020, 8:00 pm Eastern Time, Virtual Back to School Event. Perfect for parents, get tons of information about ways to maximize your back to school experience. There are six expert panel speakers covering all sorts of things across the board.

CUSTOM HOME LEARNING PLAN:  Created for you and your family.

THE SUCCESS COMMUNITY: The Success Community; tremendous resource, tremendous support for everything I’ve talked about today.

I love your feedback, love your comments. Let me know what you’re thinking. Please share the podcast if it helps, because I know the more people that get this information (especially now) the more positive stuff is going to be happening in the education world. My role, to help students, parents, families to maximize their education.


“Steve has a wonderful ability to hone in on what the student’s academic and emotional needs are, while helping to maximize their potential. He is incredibly patient and focused while working one-on-one and helping the student understand and learn the material. Steve is incredibly accepting of the craziness of teenagers’ schedules and working around their schedules to fit in tutoring time. Our family is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Steve.” – Andrea R. (parent)