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Welcome to the Engaging Minds Blog!

Each week, we will be posting about pertinent articles on educational and school-related topics, how they relate to Engaging Minds students (and parents!), and how to apply this information to your child(ren). We will also be posting original content pertaining specifically to the Engaging Minds approach and philosophy with tips on how to improve and enhance your child(ren)’s learning experience.
 
Our hope for this blog is to make it a valuable resource for parents. To that end, if you read any interesting articles or have any suggestions for topics, please feel free to email Dan Levine at dan@engagingmindsonline.com. Also, please comment on posts in the section below with your own input, ideas, and experiences. While we can’t promise we will be able to use all of your suggestions, we would very much appreciate your contributions and thoughtfulness!

Executive function lessons from the New England Patriots

A month later, we are all still reeling from Super Bowl LI’s unprecedented outcome. With the game-winning touchdown still fresh in our memories, let’s talk about what it takes to achieve Bill Belichick’s famous directive, “Do Your Job.”

Although perfectionists are often celebrated for their above-and-beyond efforts, educators and mental health professionals increasingly recognize perfectionistic tendencies as an obstacle to student success. In fact, perfectionism impacts students and impedes success in a number of ways. Primarily among them are:

Finding the right "voice"

“Speak up.” “I’d love to hear you share.” “Everyone must participate.”

In several popular Tips of the Week, our expert staff recommend “reflecting and projecting” during vacation periods, like winter and summer breaks. Spending some time to reflect on past progress is intuitively useful: it helps students acknowledge what went right and wrong, then develop strong plans for their future learning. Looking ahead, or “previewing,” has similar value and application, but can be used in many more creative ways. Previewing, which means to “comment on or appraise a forthcoming event in advance” aids students with executive functioning skills like planning, time-management, working memory, flexibility, task initiation, self-monitoring, and organization of ideas and materials.

Executive Function Lessons from the Rio Olympic Games

Many students ask whether or not the skills they learn in the classroom will actually support them in their future lives or careers. Although some skills may not directly translate into adulthood, most academic lessons prepare students for the kinds of thinking and problem-solving needed to develop solutions to pressing, real-world issues. As we finish the first weeks in August, nothing is more pressing than the 2016 Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Leading up to the Games, experts from around the globe weighed-in on Olympics organization and planning, and some experts worried about Rio’s preparedness to host the world’s best athletes. However, no one questions the preparedness of the athletes, who have worked tirelessly, for most of their lives, to achieve their Olympic dreams.

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