There’s more to student success than standards and test scores… The modern view of student achievement focuses on high test scores, higher standards, and racing to the top. Thrive skills fit with new ESSA requirements to go beyond basic academic measurements in order to equip students for lifelong success. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford present a practical handbook that guides teachers and parents in fostering learners who are socially and emotionally healthy and prepared to undertake future challenges. Through practical examples, precise strategies, and specific tools this book demonstrates how to empower learners in areas that include: • Using mindfulness strategies to help students tap their inner strengths • Learning to self-regulate and control other executive brain functions • Developing growth mindsets along with perseverance and resilience • Cultivating a sense of responsibility, honesty, and integrity • Encouraging a capacity for empathy and gratitude Grounded in decades of psychological research, Teaching Kids to Thrive merges academic, social, and self-skills to stimulate personal and school achievement.
Chapter 2: Helping Students With Their Command and Control Functions
Helping Students With Their Command and Control Functions
The first and best victory is to conquer self.
Using mindfulness is one way to help students understand how they can influence the way their brains work. Neuroscientists have tapped into possibly helping all students become better learners through a concerted effort to develop their command and control or executive function (EF) skills. EF skills are generally broken down into several subskills, which interact and overlap and are hard to separate from other abilities, but they all act to support the social and emotional skills we examine in this book. Sometimes, it seems our students need work in several areas at once: