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Why is Brian acting out and refusing to do the work in my class? Why does Rebecca have the attention span of a gnat? What is interfering with Juanita’s ability to find and hand in her assignments? Why can’t Edward remember what we did yesterday?
These students’ lack of growth may have been stymied as a result of environment, learning delays or bad habits. It could have been caused by trauma brought on by things like poverty, broken family relationships or pressures to be perfect. No matter what the cause, the resulting social-emotional issues can be the undoing of a student’s ability to learn. It is always challenging to find solutions to these types of problems, but we have found a breakthrough.
Research shows that it is the development of executive function skills, rather than IQ that is the best predictor of academic success. Executive function is the term neurologists use to describe the brain processes that drive our ability to focus, solve problems, organize ourselves, remember information and manage our impulses, all of which help us learn efficiently and develop important social-emotional skills.
Based upon this research, we have developed a process called “diagnostic conversations” to help teams figure out the root causes of problems through the lens of executive function. As educators, we spend a lot of time responding to symptoms. If we would use that same amount of time drilling down to the root cause before deciding how to respond, our results would be much more satisfying and effective. Knowing the executive function root causes makes identifying the right interventions much easier. In this seminar, we will focus on students’ cases who have trouble in the areas of paying attention, remembering, behaving in class, getting their work in on time, organizing materials and ideas, and accurately self-monitoring their own work and behavior.
We often struggle to solve tough student issues alone, when the magnitude of the problem calls for the support of a team and a solid framework for making decisions. This two-day conference applies a collaborative problem-solving model to a variety of education issues. This 5-step process, which is an application of a Toyota Quality Tool, can be applied at district, building and classroom levels to solve many types of problems. We will also demonstrate ways to get both the students and their families actively involved in this process.
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All educators—K-12 teachers, psychologists, administrators, including gifted providers—can benefit from this problem-solving process which replaces lengthy meetings that simply admire problems with short meetings that solve problems efficiently.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own case studies to practice this process. Come prepared to have fun as you apply the practical skills of holding diagnostic conversations and developing tailor-made intervention plans. We look forward to sharing the process that has helped thousands of teachers at national and international levels transform their tough learning and behavioral issues into successful learning stories.
When you know “the why”, “the what” becomes clearer and more effective.
Materials: Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems (stock # 113019, price $22.00)