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What Are Executive Function Skills And Why Are They Important?

Posted by Currey Ingram Academy on Mar 8, 2021 11:11:49 AM

Executive function is a set of cognitive skills that are essential for us to set goals, plan, and complete tasks. Executive function has three main areas. These are:

1) Working memory. This allows short-term memory retention. Working memory may then help transfer this information into long-term memory.
2) Flexible thinking. This is the ability to switch gears quickly and find new ways to solve problems.
3) Inhibitory control. This is the ability to control impulsive responses that hinder individuals from completing a goal. An example of this would be a student ignoring conversations in the background while he/she is studying for an exam.

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Topics: education, Learning, wellbeing

How to Raise Independent Children

Posted by Currey Ingram Academy on Nov 20, 2020 9:45:00 AM

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As parents, you only want the best for your children, and understandably so. With this in mind, many parents knowingly or subconsciously remove obstacles and shield their children from difficult tasks. While this might be done with the best intentions, it can hinder children from developing the skills and tools needed to build independence to succeed in school and in life.

Encouraging children to work situations out on their own helps them develop critical thinking skills, grit, and emotional resilience; they are able to handle failure and disappointment with maturity and grace. Instead of viewing challenges as difficulties, see them as opportunities for growth.

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Topics: Learning, Parenting, wellbeing

Helping Students Build Resilience

Posted by Currey Ingram Academy on Nov 3, 2020 5:25:33 AM

If children are to experience the world as fully as possible - along with the joys and pains that go along with it - they must have resilience. It is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. Resilience is not just about bouncing back and carrying on; it is also the ability to thrive and grow as individuals.

With children facing so much stress from today’s extraordinary circumstances, high achievement standards, mass media, and peer pressure, building resilience is essential now more than ever. Fortunately, resilience isn’t something extraordinary; it’s not a personality trait that only a few possess. Resilience can be learned.

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Topics: Parenting, wellbeing

How a Boarding School Can Help Develop Students’ Executive Function Skills

Posted by Currey Ingram Academy on Jul 23, 2020 6:46:58 AM

Brentwood boarding school Currey Ingram Academy recognizes the crucial role Executive Function (EF) plays in a person’s success in school and in life. The faculty and staff share a common goal of helping all students make strides in this area.

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Topics: education, Learning, wellbeing

Tips for Emotional Survival With Children during Social Distancing

Posted by Miranda Pool, M.Ed, NCC on Apr 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM

As we adjust to a difficult new normal, how to help ourselves and others can be unclear. Making your own physical, mental, and social-emotional health your priority will help you support family, friends, and neighbors as they do the same.

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Topics: anxiety, wellbeing, social-emotional

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