Executive Function and Social-Emotional Learning: Reducing Stress to Promote Students’ Success
Presented by: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.
Why do our students feel so anxious and stressed in school? How can we engage students in the learning process by promoting self-understanding, strategic learning, and self-confidence?
In this session, we will focus on approaches educators can use to promote metacognitive awareness, executive function, and social-emotional learning, processes that are critically important in every classroom. We will discuss ResearchILD’s unique classroom-based survey system that helps students to develop an understanding of their motivation, effort, and strategy use in relation to their schoolwork. We will share examples from this survey system, MetaCOG Online, which provides teachers with visual summaries of all students’ EF profiles along with recommended strategies for promoting students’ goal-setting, flexible problem-solving, organizing, prioritizing, and self-monitoring. Additionally, we will address approaches that build students’ motivation and self-confidence so that they make the effort to use strategies in their classwork, homework, and test preparation.
Throughout, attendees will learn practical strategies for promoting metacognitive awareness, flexible thinking, and executive function as part of the classroom curriculum. We will end with a discussion of the importance of these strategies for empowering students to learn HOW to learn so we can reduce students’ stress and promote their success in school and in life.
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