Executive Function in the Early Years

Executive Function in the Early Years(original image source)

Executive function is a pretty rad set of skills that help us all to control our impulses, make use of working memory, stay focussed and pay attention, make a plan, stick to a plan, make decisions, prioritise and more. You can see how any deficit in this skill set is going to create big issues in the young people in our classrooms, right? That’s why we need some strategies to help support this precious brain development in students.

The great news is that executive functioning skills can be developed at any age. It’s never too late! Yay for our fantastic, plastic brains! p.s. if you’re looking for an awesome book to read with kids about their brains, check this out.

I don’t know about you, but I have students who: Continue reading “Executive Function in the Early Years”

Get Comfortable with Not Knowing

get comfortable with not knowing

I got down and dirty in the classroom today. I tried changing how I teach. And it was HARD. Change is hard. I felt myself wanting to retreat back into my comfortable old teaching practices. The ones that I knew would be ‘successful’ or easy. Instead of doing that, I did what I ask my students to do every day. I pushed through the discomfort and I kept trying.

Don’t get me wrong. I change my teaching practice A LOT. I love learning new ways of doing things and giving them a go. Some things stick and somethings don’t. Sometimes change and learning comes easily and sometimes it means diving deep into the learning pit.

the learning pit

I reflected with a co-worker later in the day, someone who I often bounce ideas off and get a lot of inspiration from. As she walked away at the end of our chat she threw her arms in the air and said “get comfortable with not knowing!”.

Aha.

After all, unless we are comfortable with not knowing, how will we ever begin to question? Don’t we need to give in to vulnerability if we’re going to grow, learn, change?

And that’s exactly what this blog is. Me, not knowing, and getting damn comfortable with it.

Do you embrace not knowing? Tell me about it. 

Creative Thinking for Intellectual Stretch

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This week our partnership (six primary schools and a high school) had a professional development day together, learning about stretching children’s thinking and promoting creative problem solving skills. My brain was s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d after the day! I spent the afternoon in an early years session focussed on supporting children’s executive function skills, which I’ll share more about in another post. Today I’m focussing on creative thinking for intellectual stretch. Continue reading “Creative Thinking for Intellectual Stretch”

Oh, hi.

Sailing

So, it’s been a while. Is this awkward? I think we’re all ok with this, right? Ok, let’s move on…

Apparently teaching four days a week while parenting two kids of my own plus {allegedly} running a household and sometimes, occasionally spending time with my husband… not to mention friends and family… well, it’s A LOT. It doesn’t leave much time for hobbies. Hobbies like writing a blog.

TBH for a while I just kinda didn’t feel like doing it so much. The blogging. Then I felt like doing it but got distracted. Then I REALLY felt like doing it but I wasn’t sure how to jump back in. I’ve been toying with ideas for months.

One of the main reasons, aside from time, that I haven’t written any blog posts is because I want to take the blog in a new direction. A direction that I’m scared of and worry about being judged on. Then the other day I had a conversation with a colleague and we were talking about … stuff. Like the meaning of life and giving too many of these. Ultimately, do I want to look back on this time and say “I could have… “, “I should have … “, “I was gonna…”. Nope.

So here it is. Over the next {insert random time frame here} I will use this space to reflect, write and share. If you stick around you’ll see more education/school/teacher/student stuff, less Pinterest-pretty stuff, more keepin’ it real/life ain’t perfect stuff. My goals are to:

  • learn
  • create
  • share

If you like the sound of that, then come along for the ride!