A step-by-step guide to supporting your struggling, disorganized students, including students with ADHD & anxiety
Think about your students for a minute...
I'm willing to bet that there is a small but vocal faction of students in your classroom that need a lot of support with
- starting their work
- keeping track of their assignments & papers
- staying attentive
- following directions
- calling out & disrupting
- continuing with tasks, even if they face setbacks
Of course you know these students, because often they are where your love goes...
You think about them at night & worry about their progress.
Maybe you have devised behavioral plans & rewards you think they'll like but nothing sticks.
But what would your classroom be like....
if just one or two of your students was more attentive, more independent, or even a bit more organized?
Maybe you have some strategies for supporting the students you can, but do you have a system?
Do you have a reliable way of working with your struggling students that gets at the heart of their challenges?
It's often used as a catchall for a host of student struggles, from disorganization & poor time management to low impulse control & working memory challenges.
What these skills have in common is the brain's ability to make & execute plans.
Even the brightest students can struggle in school because of Executive Functioning skill deficits.
There is good news, though:
Knowing how to support students with EF challenges:
- increases your effectiveness
- builds student skills & independence
- changes lives (yours & theirs)
- lightens your workload
- calms your classroom
- takes your students farther faster
Be a Classroom Hero.
Grow your skills so you can better serve all your students.
Classroom Hero is a course, a resource & a community
Classroom Hero guides you through everything you need to know to support students with the executive skills they need to succeed in the game of school.
Through info-packed videos, useful handouts & case studies, I take you from investigating difficult tasks to matching your students with the best solutions for them.
Plus, webinars & discussion prompts give you a chance to ask your questions & get answers.
Classroom Hero is for educators who want to grow their teaching practice so they are more efficient & have a bigger impact.
Get your students farther faster by knowing how to address the core deficits that impact their learning.
PreviewIntroductions & Overview (1:57)
StartWhat EF Skills & Vacations Have in Common (1:53)
StartThe Skills: Our Stuff, Ourselves (8:49)
StartNature & Nurture: How EF Skills Develop (3:55)
StartNow What? (3:44)
StartGet Ready (More good stuff is on the way.) (4:26)
StartPractice Time! 5 Ways to Use "The Ultimate Executive Skills Checklist"
StartData Collection Worksheets
PreviewWhy Investigate Difficult Tasks? (1:48)
StartInvestigating Difficult Tasks (5:22)
StartCollecting Data: Quantify and Qualify Like a Boss (7:12)
StartTrack Why Students Struggle with Writing
Start#1 Tip for Successful Meetings with Parents (8:58)
StartPitfalls to Avoid (3:06)
StartPulling It Together (3:15)
StartA Clear(er) Pathway (1:34)
For Teachers by a Teacher
Too often when we get advice about struggling students, it's not doable in a classroom setting, it has too many steps or is too narrow to apply to all our students.
I designed this course to be successful in classrooms, resource rooms & tutoring centers, across grades & subjects.
1) Practical processes that can be applied across EF skills & subjects
Support a student who can't seem to get started with his writing & a student who struggles with emotional control using the same set of steps.
Think about students holistically, gather data about all aspects of a student (or group of students) & what makes challenging tasks challenging. (Yes, there are worksheets!)
3) Scalable & Sustainable
Quickly narrow the objective to one small-but-impactful task, a game changer, to focus on first. (More worksheets!) This keeps the process sustainable & scalable.
If the whole class, a handful of students or just one student is working toward a single clear objective, you all have a better chance of getting it right.
4) Support & Motivate
Finally, apply the scaffolding & motivation that gets at the heart of the core struggles & skills deficit(s).
We are talking about strategies you can apply in the classroom tomorrow.
This is practical professional development you can actually use.
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Hi, I'm Maria! A former classroom teacher of six years, I've owned my own small tutoring business since March 2016. I took about a year to transition from part time to full time, but once I hit my stride I was able to replace my teaching salary while working way fewer hours, choosing which families I work with, and serving struggling students with expert academic support.
Along the way, I've discovered that there is nothing I enjoy more than the autonomy of working for myself and turning math haters into math lovers through fun games, meaty problems & the occasional M&M.
This workshop is full of all the practical information I wish I knew when I started my tutoring business years ago and I can't wait to share it with you.