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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 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!

According to U.S. News, 80 percent of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February. Clinical psychologist Joseph Luciani suggests that the reason for this is two-part: Individuals do not have tools at their disposal to maintain motivation and they are unprepared when they encounter an obstacle. Try using the executive function tools below to overcome the aforementioned challenges.

Many students look up to entrepreneurs for their success – yet students may feel like it’s impossible to emulate their success. Not so! Many successful entrepreneurs rely on strong habits that are in fact, EF strategies.

The phrase ‘practice makes perfect’ may be true, but too much practice – especially when in the form of long stretches of studying or homework sessions – can cause more harm than good. In fact, not taking a break can lead to burnout, otherwise known as a state of mental and physical exhaustion combined with self-doubt, according to The Mayo Clinic. As the school year starts to pick up, students may be tempted to “hunker down” and get all their homework done in one sitting. However, there may be a more productive method.

After a long summer, it can be difficult for students to get back into the rhythm of school, especially if they struggle with executive functioning. The beginning of the school year is a great time to create new habits – especially if your children are transitioning from elementary to middle or middle to high school. Read on for organizing tips from Melissa Wilson, one of the lead educators at Engaging Minds, to help students start the year off right.

When a teacher passes out a rubric, many students’ first instinct is to tuck it away in a folder and never look at it again. But rubrics are an invaluable resource, with many different functions that can support your child’s work before, during, and after a project gets underway. Read on for the three best ways to use a rubric to support executive function skills, then suggest a few of these strategies to your child at home.

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