Academic Support

Are you struggling with organization?  Is your backpack a mess?
Maybe you struggle with time management or work completion?
Do you know how to study?

Planning, organization, task initiation (getting started), flexibility, attention, self-control, metacognition (reflecting on how we think and learn), working memory, time management and perseverance (not giving up) are the ten most typically agreed upon executive functioning skills.

What are executive functioning skills? 

"Executive functioning skills are the important processes in our brain that help us finish tasks and meet our goals.  If it sounds like we use them for everything we do, that’d be right – we do! It’s important to mention, though, that executive functioning skills are a huge umbrella. There are actually several different skills that work together to make up our executive functioning. Each skill is valuable and important."
10 executive functioning skills for success: planning, organization, task initiation, flexibility, attention, self-control, metacognition, working memory, time management, and perseverance.

8 Tips for Middle School Success

1. Encourage Independence and Responsibility-- Help your student learn to keep track of assignments and due dates in their Eagle Agenda and on a master calendar.

2. Foster Good Student Habits--Provide a special place to do homework during a specific time frame each day.  Check out the pomodoro technique!  
The Pomodoro Technique: You Can Tackle Any Task 25 Minutes at a Time |  HowStuffWorks

3. Cornell Notes -- A note taking skill that stimulates critical thinking skills and that help students remember what is said in class.

4.  Create New Friendships--Help your child foster new relationships by encouraging participation in clubs, sport teams, and social functions.  Remember that it is common for frienships to change in middle school.

5.  Learn to Self-Advocate--It's not too early to help your child learn to approach their teachers or School Counselor when they are struggling with an assignment or difficulty at school.  Encourage them to email their teacher in Canvas.

6.  Prepare the Evening Before--Have a special "ready to go" place at home where backpacks, jackets, and lunch are ready to head out the door. Choose an outfit to wear the next day to alleviate slow starts in the morning.

7.  Eat Healthy Meals and Snacks--Students are able to concentrate in school if they have an ample diet of protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables.  Throw some granola bars in your backpack.

8.  Enjoy the Experience--The middle school years will pass quickly; it's important to plan family outings and activities to help your student ease the transition and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Balance is the key!
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