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Executive Functioning

The Science of Grit

Coined by Angela Duckworth in her excellent book Grit, the term has become synonymous with a growth mindset, persistence, and a strong work ethic. In

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Executive Functioning

Developing a Learning Mindset

A learning mindset is a powerful weapon in a student’s arsenal. When the inevitable failures and setbacks arise, students can reframe them as positive learning

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School

A Student’s Guide to Editing

Learning how to write well is learning how to think well. The act of organizing aimless thoughts into coherent, compelling arguments is perhaps the most

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Healthy Habits

Just Focus

Students, especially those struggling with learning differences, hear the phrase “just focus” far too often. This is the academic equivalent to telling a suddenly broken-down

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Healthy Habits

Self-efficacy and The Environment

Sooner or later, every student feels out of place. Whether it’s the unique challenge Geometry presents to a perennially solid math student or the uncomfortable

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Executive Functioning

Attention

Attention is a precious resource. That’s a belabored point and not the thesis of this blog post. Instead, let’s look at what attention is, how

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Executive Functioning

On Giving Up & Grit

Inevitably, every student hits a wall. Motivation dissipates as the number of assignments continues to increase, outpacing meaningful progress and overcoming student satisfaction. Burnout is

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Healthy Habits

Videogames & ADHD

Why does my child struggle to focus on assignments at home and lessons in the classroom but has no problem focusing on video games for

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Parenting

The Art of Clear Instructions

We work with students at a wide array of schools with a wide variety of learning differences. I frequently explain the importance of a personalized

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Healthy Habits

Let’s Talk about Stress Baby

The word “stress” gets a bad rap, conjuring images of hyperventilation and hysteria. With the increased focus on mental health and stress-free school days, which

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Executive Functioning

The Danger of Always On

Great pairs complement each other to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, and great pairs show up in each of our

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Executive Functioning

Relational Complexity

Students make hundreds of decisions each day, from what kind of cereal to have in the morning to the dichotomy of true and false during

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Healthy Habits

Examining Student Engagement

Student’s critique teachers like customers critique restaurants — it’s always polar. There’s no in-between. Explore your favorite restaurant’s Yelp page and you’ll see what I

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Problem Solving

Bouncing Back After a Bad Grade

Whether he or she expected it or was blindsided, a low grade can shake even the most confident students. The teacher plops the graded essay

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note-taking
Studying

A Guide to Note-taking

A large portion of classroom time is spent in lecture making note-taking a fundamental part of learning. So, how should notes be used? Successful notes

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Back-to-school resource guide

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