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Helping Kids Develop Executive Functioning with Alexis Reid Resilient Schools 38 Episode 38

Helping Kids Develop Executive Functioning with Alexis Reid Resilient Schools 38

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  • Book - Wounded By Schools - great read.
  • Executive function skills - stories are related to other adults in their lives - a lot of invalidation around their experience of not being able to access what’s going on in schools. 
  • Story of what a student’s experience is. 
  • Kids who feel disconnected or not learning. 
  • Kids who feel like school is not for them. 
  • School wounds go back to different stages and levels of our lives. 
  • Schools should feel safe for kids. 
  • School is not designed for kids. 
  • Purpose of school design: How do we help kids do the things that society wants them to do?
  • We can’t aim for the middle
  • Executive Function - behaviors related to the cognitive skills related to help us get things done, especially efficiently. 
  • Executive function: Inhibition (pause and assess before reacting); working memory (take information, and do something with it); cognitive flexibility (shift sets, being flexible and adaptable) - not just about learning, but about living.
  • Then there are behaviors related to those things
  • Prioritize time (because we can’t manage time).
  • Invalidation - Often get mislabeled as behavioral skills or as “dumb” because they can’t do certain things in schools at the right time. 
  • What Schools think Learning Looks like vs. what is actually looks like
  • Montessori Education
  • Setting up parameters to allow for flexibility - firm goals, we can allow flexibility for how to get there. 
  • Learners have greater insight than I could ever imagine
  • Structure with flexibility 
  • More time to give pause
  • Is school really about task completion or about learning? 
  • Two things: set up a structure with flexibility and allow for student's voice. 
  • A sidenote about AI - highlight this episode with Viktor Karkar
  • Practicing through games. Here’s a fun game- Pedunkle.
  • Students have a hard time admitting when they can’t do something and they don’t know how to ask for help. 
  • Relationships
  • Todd Rose - Square Peg Book
  • What are the systems we set up in schools devaluing?
  • When we don’t set up for flexibility, we see kids shrink away. 
  • Never met a student who doesn’t want to do well. 
  • Connect with Alexis on Instagram or X or listen to her podcast here.

About Alexis Reid
Alexis Reid is an educational therapist and learning consultant who specializes in executive function (EF) coaching, social-emotional learning (SEL), teaching and development, as well as designing flexible and accessible learning and environments through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). 

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