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October 8, 2021
Conclusion & The Remaining 20%

Congrats! You made it through the course! We are excited for you to begin teaching executive functions to your students! Read below to learn about the remaining 20%. The Remaining 20% I told you at the start of this course that we would get you 80% of the way there. We imagine that you are […]

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October 8, 2021
Accountability

Learning sometimes occurs because someone insists that you recognize the excellence in yourself. Rita Pierson Accountability Students are more likely to learn EFs when they get practice employing them as a result of engaging in a predictable daily learning routine. However, without accountability students will be less successful in this endeavor. Accountability, well...holds students accountable […]

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October 8, 2021
Goal Setting

Ambiguity is the enemy. Any successful change requires a translation of ambiguous goals into concrete behavior. In short to make a switch, you must script the critical moves. Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard Goal Setting Goal setting has a powerful impact on student success. Sadly, it […]

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October 8, 2021
How to Teach Executive Functions in Any Classroom

How to Teach Executive Functions in any Classroom Executive Functioning Skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. They are the bedrock for learning and when student have daily practice employing them they are more like to succeed academically and in the workplace.  Thank […]

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April 3, 2021
How Ready Is Your School for Post-Pandemic Learning in the Fall?

Over the past few weeks I have been trying to get an idea of how schools can gain a better understanding of the losses students are facing as a result of distance learning during the pandemic. The COVID slide is real and by the very fact that it will have been over a year since […]

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April 2, 2021
Mitigating Learning Loss - Australia’s Shining Example

I have been reading a lot lately about the idea of a COVID Slide during distance learning. Similar to the Summer Slide, it is predicted that many students will need significant intervention to help narrow learning gaps widened over the past year.  Measuring Learning Loss Much of what I have read indicates that we don’t […]

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March 31, 2021
How Do I Do School Again?

As indicated in this graph, the severity of learning loss due to the pandemic is real, with 97% of students impacted. There is no question that we are going to have to address these learning and achievement gaps as we transition back to the classroom. The way path forward is to get at what drives […]

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March 29, 2021
Reacclimating To School

I have watched over the past year while my 1st grader learned to “go to school” through a screen. My children attend a public Waldorf school and there is little to no technology or screens in classrooms. The switch to distance learning for my daughters, 6 and 11, was big. At first, if I am […]

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March 27, 2021
5 Questions to Gauge Learning Loss and Aid Student Transition to In-Person and Hybrid Instruction in the Fall

“Little is known about the effectiveness of learning at home for the entire student population and what this means for the development of skills. However, there are indications from multiple countries that many children had little effective instruction. For a significant proportion of pupils, learning during school closures was apparently almost non-existent. For example, early […]

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March 24, 2021
Reteach or Look forward?

“Highly effective teachers use procedures and systems to maximize the value of each minute of learning...To be clear, these highly effective teachers sweat the details not because they are obsessed with control but because they see that this attention to detail translates into student learning.” Steven Farr, Teaching As Leadership Sweat The Details From my […]

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