Time and time again, research has proven how detrimental a purely academic-based approach to a classroom can be. Such a narrow focus on the many aspects of a child’s life can result in not properly addressing or recognizing issues that can appear in the other aspects of his or her life. In order to have well-rounded students a classroom, students should be given well-rounded curriculum, not only through teachers, but through their communities and families.
While not everyone would know an exact definition of executive functioning skills, most would right away recognize someone who lacked these skills. They can be in every circle of relationships, from family to peers, and when a person doesn't have developed executive functioning skills, they stick out.
Simply put, “executive functioning skills” is a wide term for self-management. These skills consist of self-regulation and mental control. They assist in goal-setting and goal-reaching an are incredibly useful in a school setting and work setting. Many have these skills to a moderate degree, yet not everyone has taken the necessary steps to hone and train these skills in a way that will significantly increase their learning potential and capacity for success.
The following is a list of basic executive functioning skills:
Old school? Formative assessment on paper. Although that can be easy to have your kids do a quiz on paper, who wants to lug a bunch of paper quizzes and grade them all? I'm all for assessing students, not for grading hundreds of answers after school! Let's look at how to work smarter, not harder, when giving formative assessments to your students!
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Lessons on Brain Based Learning
The concept of brain-based learning might seem to some an paradox. Certainly teachers do their utmost best to teach and mold a child’s brain in the best way possible. In order for a student to learn, brains must be engaged and process the information presented. However, brain-based learning takes a different approach.
In general retrospect, methods of Western education have not changed for several decades, arguably longer. While new theories and practices occasionally appear every few years that might change a few aspects, a lecture-based classroom setting environment has been the status quo for several hundred years. Brain-based learning argues that this can be changed if teachers were to instruct based on the understanding of the science of learning itself, rather than relying on traditional methods. Children learn differently during the various stages of their life, and if teachers were to fully grasp and take advantage of this, learning could accelerate immensely.
The Glossary of Education Reform states:
“A great deal of the scientific research and academic dialogue related to brain-based learning has been focused on neuroplasticity—the concept that neural connections in the brain change, remap, and reorganize themselves when people learn new concepts, have new experiences, or practice certain skills over time.”
Learning new concepts essentially changes the way a child might think or how he or she might view other subjects.
One of the most famous quotes in regards to education comes from German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, when he said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
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