Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 days ago

  • Why Your Child Won't Use a Graphic Organizer

    It’s Monday night, and your child is agonizing over starting the essay that is due first thing on Tuesday morning. Suddenly you remember the graphic organizer that was recommended last week at parent-teacher conferences. But when you present your son or daughter with what promises to be the antidote to those writing woes, the kid glares at you like you’ve handed over a dead fish.

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 days ago

  • What do Marathon Training and Good Study Habits Have in Common?

    This is the second entry in a 3-part blog series highlighting my preparation, process, and reflection for the upcoming Boston Marathon. My first entry was back in October of last year when I was nothing but sunny and optimistic in preparation for marathon training. One thing I'm discovering is that when I coach my students to develop good study habits, I'm preparing them for their own ...

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

  • When is the Best Time to Work on Improving Executive Function Skills?

    When does a minor problem become a major problem? Sometimes the tipping point is just out of view, but it creeps up over time. In 2013, my primary care doctor came into the room and said to me, “You’ve gained six pounds since you were last here.” Yup. That sounded about right. Seeing as I’m not a scale-watching fanatic, the comment didn’t really affect me. But that wasn’t the end of t...

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

  • Why Can't My Child See the Big Picture?

    Has your son ever lost points on a test or assignment because he did not follow all the directions? Does your daughter highlight everything when she reads and as a result can’t figure out what to study? Does your son complain about how his teacher is “torturing him” because he does not see the point of the assignment? If any of these common scenarios sound familiar, you may find yourse...

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

  • Build Better Work Habits: How Your Brain Changes with Practice

    When you work out your body, it’s usually because you’re looking to drop some fat. But when you work out your brain, you’re actually gaining some extra fat. Don’t worry, it’s not likely to register when you step on your scale. This fat operates at the microscopic level to help lock in skills and routines. How does your brain help you build better work habits? Well, here’s a simplified...

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

  • How to Help Your Child Get Started on Homework

    Imagine walking through the city on a bright, sunny day, when you’re approached by a person holding a clipboard. Would you be more likely to stop and listen if the person says: “Would you be willing to take a survey for me?” or “Could I have just two minutes of your time?” If you’re like me, the second request seems easier to agree to than the first. I don’t want to waste my day ta...

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

  • The Adolescent Brain: Why Executive Functioning in Teens Is a Challenge

    Editor's note: This blog is an excerpt from a longer article The Adolescent Brain: Primed For Thrills And High On Life. Reprinted by permission from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, a division of Massachusetts General Hospital. Teenagers are convinced they are ready to take the reins, no longer wanting to be held back by overly-cautious adults who don’t really "get it," who do...

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

  • How to Organize an Essay: 3 Graphic Organizers for Young Writers

    Have you ever listened to your child lament, “I just can’t think of what to write”? Perhaps you have heard your child utter, in the mode of a 19th century Romantic poet, “I’m waiting for inspiration.”   As a parent, you may find yourself thinking, “My child is smart and articulate, so why are writing assignments so stressful?”

  • Executive Function Skills: A Foundation for Success at School & Beyond

    Imagine a builder getting started on a new home. Maybe he’s behind schedule. There’s pressure from the owners. He knows that the foundation has to go in before he can build but maybe he can find a way to get back on schedule by modifying his approach. 

  • Why Can’t I Motivate My Kids to Do What I Ask?

    (Editor's note: This article was originally published at ImpactADHD. Reprinted with permission from the author.) The subject of motivation comes up in most of our workshops or classes. Without fail, we hear comments like, “Nothing motivates my kids. I’ve taken everything away… I bribe them with everything and still nothing works.” There are some common mistakes that we parents make t...

  • 4 Tips for Coping With Slow Processing Speed in Children

    Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Ellen Braaten, associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital. This is part two of her series on slow processing speed. Read her full bio below.

  • Can You Have ADHD and Still Be a Good Student?

    Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Sean Potts, a student who graduated from Executive Function coaching support to full independence. “But look at your grades… There’s no way you have ADHD!” The amount of times I’ve heard this familiar phrase said in one way or another is astounding. What makes the co-existence of ADHD and academic achievement so difficult for others ...

  • A Fun App to Support Executive Function: Habitica Builds Good Habits

    If I earned a gold coin for every time a parent complained about their child’s love of video games, I would have stormed the castle, defeated the castle warlords, and earned magical powers to advance me to the next level by now (because what else are gold coins for in video games?)

  • How Executive Function Skills Help Us Achieve (Really Big) Goals

    In just under six months, I will be running my first marathon. And it’s a big one: the Boston Marathon. Training for this is going to be a huge endeavor that will require some serious goal-directed persistence and integration of just about all the rest of my executive function skills. As an executive function coach, I am fortunate to have many tools and strategies to approach all that ...

  • 7 Self-Regulation Tips to Reduce Homework Battles With Your Child

    Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Hanna Bogen, a Speech-Language Pathologist and Social-Cognitive Specialist based in Los Angeles, CA. Please read her full bio below. Few tasks test self-regulation skills like homework time. Self-regulation is critical to one’s ability to manage challenging or complex situations, and homework time is no exception. Strong self-regulati...

  • The Honeymoon is Over: Help Your Child Get Back On Track in School

    It’s the first week in October. We’re ankle-deep into the school year. The new backpacks, so carefully selected in August, already have a fine patina of crud and some crumpled worksheets or permission slips in more than one compartment. The bright eyed optimism of the back-to-school transition begins to morph to a bleary resignation of another tough day of school ahead. Let’s face it....

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

  • 3 Tips for Parents of Struggling Students with Overachieving Siblings

    “Please stop graduating.” I remember reading this line quite vividly in an otherwise comical card from my younger brother. It was both a sarcastic comment - he’d suffered through my high school, undergraduate, graduate and second graduate school graduations - and a serious one.  He was sick and tired of being outdone academically.  

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

  • Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up: The Cost of Slow Processing Speed

    Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Ellen Braaten, associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read her full bio below. Some kids are naturally fast. They run, talk, complete homework assignments and do all sorts of things at a rate that seems appropriate for their age. Other kids don’t, or perhaps it would be fai...

Beyond BookSmart (formerly Thinking Outside the Classroom)

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

  • How to Convince Your Child to Stop Multitasking When Doing Homework

    You feel like a broken record. How many times have you mentioned/suggested/demanded that your child stop texting, checking the Twitter feed, or watching the latest viral sensation on YouTube while doing homework? Your tween or teen assures you that they are capable of extraordinary multitasking powers; in fact, he or she says that all this social media stuff actually helps them stay fo...

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