Strategies for getting started (it’s harder than you think!)

I recently had a parent share with me that her child’s teacher wrote with a concern that her child “doesn’t care” about school. The teacher explained that the child sits without asking for help and doesn’t begin any work on her own. The teacher stressed that the child needed to care more and take more initiative or she wouldn’t do well in life. This teacher is describing a kid who spends three to four hours a night on

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The feedback loop: connecting behavior and consequences (good and bad)

I love sitting on the naughty bench in the front office, gossiping with kids about what earned them a seat there. The kids usual fall into one of three categories: unbalanced teacher who punishes students for not having a pencil, kid who admits the dumb thing he did, or kid who feels victimized by the situation. The first two groups are usually only rarely in the office, but the third group, the group of kids who can’t seem

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Pay Attention! Real-life, brain-friendly strategies for success

What does paying attention look like?

Welcome to the EFP. I’m your host, Sarah Kesty, and today we’re talking about attention. Not the kind that comes naturally or you want to give freely, but the kind we ask kids to pay. Today I’m going to teach you quick strategies to improve your child’s attention and improve your understanding of your child’s brain!

I want to begin by telling you about a few students I’ve had. I’ll start

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The BEST planner for your child with Executive Function needs!

Customizable Planner Pages for you to try!

I have purchased and put in place probably 40 student planners, and I’ve seen various degrees of success. What it comes down to is matching student understanding with planner set up. What I mean is sometimes it’s best to design the pages together, print them, then bind them with laminated card stock covers (it’s actually how I make my own teaching planners). 

That said, all planners should have:

*A yearly overview type

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Resolutions and Reflections that Work for Kids with Executive Function Needs

How to Make the Most of Reflections and Resolutions

New year is a fresh start. To be truly “fresh,” though, we have to commit to staying aware of the habits we have that keep us in old ruts and unhealthy patterns. One great place to look is at your reactions to your child or students.

 Are you shoulding on them?

Are you taking it personally?

Is it a puzzle or a problem?

Are you seeking new information and ideas?

If

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How to study (real tips based on research and real classrooms)

Hello and welcome to the Executive Function Podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Kesty…a very proud teacher this week as I made an open invitation for Saturday School with me—a bonus time to complete work and study—and I had 22 students show up. That means their commitment to their own success beat out sleeping in, going somewhere fun, and staying up late the night before. Timing, of course, has something to do with this, as it was the last

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Top 3 Last Minute Grade-Saving Strategies that WORK!

 Hello and welcome to the EFP! I’m your host, Sarah Kesty, and before we start, I want to thank those of you who have reviewed and liked the podcast! Reading the reviews helps me improve what I do! And your writing the reviews helps get the podcast noticed by others who need it! Thank you so much! Please remember to share it with others who impact your kids’ day (parents, teachers, coaches…) The more people in our tribe, the stronger

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Why is my kid SO smart and SO failing school? Podcast Episode 2

 This episode is going to shake up your brain a little bit…in a good way. We’re going to explore a question that probably floats around in your brain every day: Why is my kid, who is so smart, failing at school? Or you may even have a similar concern for yourself: you know you’re capable but sometimes the daily, nearly automatic tasks for others really elude you.

Years ago, I had a student named Aubrie, who was by

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What is Executive Function and why is it so important?

Welcome to the very first episode of the Executive Function Podcast! I’m over the moon happy to have you join us to discover strategies to support you and your child! If you’re not sure what Executive Function (EF) is or how it could be impacting your life, you’re in the right place! Today we’re going to jump in and explore EF—what it is, why it matters, and how supporting its development can change lives in huge ways!

Before

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