Have you ever wondered how your child can be so forgetful? How he consistently waits until the last minute to start his lab report, or how she routinely forgets to write down her English homework? If so, your child may have difficulties with executive functioning.
I hear this story often: Your child did extremely well last year in Algebra I, but suddenly he or she is struggling in Geometry— and it’s starting to take a toll on their self-esteem. First of all, understand that this is normal— geometry requires a completely new way of thinking than algebra, and it comes less naturally to most children. Beyond that, geometry introduces a new type of problem called “Proofs” where students need to make statements that lead sequentially toward a certain conclusion. This is significantly more challenging than the arithmetic and algebra that students have seen before, because they have to create their own path to the desired conclusion, and this requires higher levels of critical thinking and reasoning skills.
While the results of research surrounding homework often vary, experts agree on the benefits of establishing a designated learning space. Following are three steps to create an effective personal learning space for your child:
Have you ever wondered how your child can be so forgetful? How his backpack can be so messy, or how she routinely forgets to write down her English homework? If so, your child may have difficulties with executive functioning.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
I am extremely grateful for my education, because it has given me the opportunity to live the life that I choose, including finding a line of work that makes me feel happy and fulfilled. My father was a high school English teacher in Hartford for 39 years, and every day during my childhood, he would tell my siblings and I that we “didn’t know how lucky we were” for growing up in Glastonbury and receiving the wonderful education that we did.