With explicit coaching, high school students can learn to manage their increasingly complex academic and extracurricular commitments.
Executive function is centered in the prefrontal cortex and involves cognitive strategies that include analyzing, problem solving, activating for work, prioritizing, assessing risk, and delaying gratification. This area of the brain does not fully mature until early adulthood, therefore P-12 educators create learning environments that support the growth of executive function and avoid punishing students who exhibit less mature skills.
When adults support development of teens’ executive function skills during the critical years of adolescence, it can have a lifelong impact.
To effectively collaborate and problem-solve, students need to develop a greater understanding of themselves and others.
Between kindergarten and twelfth grade, students are expected to learn how to study, schedule their time and complete sizable assignments without procrastinating. Yet these skills often aren’t taught explicitly. With
Reading and math have always been parents’ most-requested subjects for tutoring help, but social and emotional health is emerging as a key issue as students begin to return to classrooms.
Letters of gratitude part of school’s kindness campaign.
These students can navigate a self-paced class with lots of teacher support at the beginning and clear expectations about assignments.
Students can use games to learn money management and financial decision-making.