Leaving elementary school can be both exciting and a bit scary for many kids. For the first time students will be asked to juggle expectations and homework for five, six or even seven different teachers. They’ll be carrying what they need around with them without a backpack. Schools understand that their spines are still developing and if they carry a heavy backpack around with them all day, they could damage their backs and so most schools do not allow backpacks during the day. However, in spite of that, few teachers have changed their requirements of what they want for each class. (Color coded binders, separate notebooks, and a folder, etc.) For students with or without ADHD or Executive function challenges, just juggling their supplies is a challenge not to mention the homework, projects and tests.
Think about how this past school year went.
Was your child able to handle the homework, projects and tests? Were they overwhelmed, frustrated or difficult to deal with?
Did you hold your breath each time they said they “studied for a test” and felt that they did well – only to discover later that they did not?
Is your child capable of higher grades than they received?
Did you watch your child spend hours on homework only to find out that they never passed it in?
Executive function (EF) skills are those skills involved in planning, organizing, getting started, staying focused, keeping emotions in control and finishing tasks. There are other names for the EFs and several more that all seem to impact learning. As adults we often take these executive function skills for granted. For preteens, they struggle because their EF’s are not fully developed yet. Have you ever tried to do something that you knew you didn’t have the skills or knowledge for? That’s what it feels like for preteens every day.
All students want to do well. They just don’t know how to change things. They often rely on habits they established in elementary school when they didn’t need to study and had minimal homework compared to what they have now. These “old” habits are not effective but students do not know how to change them so they continue to do things the same way. This class will help them look objectively at how they do things and help them determine where the weak links are and together we will develop new, more effective strategies to deal with planning, organization, time management, attention, and the stress they experience. These skills will then help them master their homework and study skills for greater academic success. It is different from tutoring – these are the underlying skills necessary to learning effectively.
Here’s a glimpse at some of what the upcoming four week class will cover:
Week 1: Who am I as a learner?
- Self-Awareness and Learning Preferences
- Strengths and Challenges
- Growth or Fixed Mindset
- What is working and what is not?
Week 2: Building a Strategy Tool Box
- Impulsivity and Monitoring
- Time Management – What is it really and how does it relate to the present and future?
- What is a strategy and how do I know if it is working?
- Thinking about your process and when to change your approach
Week 3: Organization, Systems and Routines
- Organize this! (Activities around organization whether it’s materials, plans or ideas)
- Planning and problem solving
- Systems, routines and habits
- Working memory – What it is and development of strategies to help compensate.
Week 4: Metacognition and Cognitive Flexibility
- Review of process and its effects on grades
- Emotions and stress
- Persistence and perseverance
- Plan for a successful year
Each class includes interactive, hands-on activities, problem solving, and strategy development with an accountability option. To help keep the focus on learning, classes are separated by gender.
Classes for grades 6-8 girls meets Tuesdays at 4:00 pm on January 23, 30, February 6 and 13th. Class for grades 6-8 boys meets Wednesdays at 4:00 pm on January 24, 31, February 7 and 14.
Each session is 60 minutes long and is held in our office at 11C Whiting Street, Hingham, MA 02043 conveniently located at the intersections of Routes 228 and 53.
Is this class right for your child? The student that thrives in this class is motivated and wants to do well yet struggles with organization, time and project management, problem solving, flexible thinking and is often not getting the grades he or she is capable of.
If this sounds like something your child could benefit from but you are still not sure, please email me your questions or concerns at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me at (617) 827-6860 for answers.
Class size is limited to six to allow for individualized attention and personalized learning. Click below to register now for either the class for your son or daughter in grades 6-8. Investment is $197 for the four session class. That is a savings of over $100 based on our individual hourly rate! Register today!
Who am I to offer this? My name is Laine Dougherty and I am the owner of the Thinking and Doing Skills Center in Hingham, MA. Although the name of the business has changed, I have been helping students (and adults) with executive dysfunction, ADHD, and organizational challenges for over ten years.
Before that, I taught in public and private schools for over 18 years. I continue to work as an Educational Consultant in the public schools working to help teachers and Deaf students meet the challenges of a fast paced school day. This allows me the opportunity to observe different grade levels, subject areas, teaching styles and districts. I also consult at IEP and 504 team meetings and create goals for students and provide feedback and strategies for teachers. I know what is expected of your teen and can help them meet those challenges.
I believe every student wants to do well but sometimes they just continue to work the same way they have always worked and wonder why there is no improvement. As a certified Organizer Coach, ADHD Coach and experienced educator I combine coaching with teaching and organizational strategies to cover the major challenges students face. Every student is different and this class focuses on guiding them to discover and problem solve their biggest challenges.
Our Guarantee: If for some reason after the first class you or your teen feels that this class is not helpful or is not meeting the above expectations, then we will gladly refund your payment or work with you individually to meet those expectations. We want every student to be successful.
Still not convinced that this is the class for your teen? Here’s what others have said after working with us:
“Ask Laine about strategies because she is very good at those.” K.P., Grade 10
“Laine is helpful and nice and pleasant to be around.” M.L. Grade 7 (This student has increased his ability to focus in English Language Arts by more than 75%)
“Laine is amazing at what she does! Very educated, empathetic and also willing and able to go the extra mile!” L.R. Parent of 6th Grade student
“Definitely try this class if you have trouble with remembering, organizing or getting homework done.” S.M. Grade 7
Here’s a link to a blog I wrote on Executive functions that further explains how EFs can interfere in your teen’s success.
If your student is just as tired, frustrated and stressed about school, homework and their grades as you are, then offer them the opportunity to find a better way. Start the new school year with the skills they need to be successful all year long.
Life is stressful enough and we are asking so much more of our kids than ever before. Don’t they have a right to learn how to be organized, effective, self-directed learners? These strategies are not taught in schools and they do not know a better way…until today. Sign up and watch your teen become more independent, while improving their ability to learn and maybe even their attitude towards school.