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February Message

​Teachers’ Convention
       Teachers’ Convention is always an exciting time for teachers. Starting in mid-December, teachers begin by registering for workshops and presentations. Important to the overall professional development for teachers, Teachers’ Convention is a time to reflect and to grow as educators. Through convention speakers, workshops, exhibits and social activities, teachers can keep up with educational developments, identify and propose solutions for common problems, expand their educational knowledge and skills, and exchange ideas with colleagues. (ATA Website)
As my mind tends to thrives on organization, categories and groupings, each year, for Teachers’ Convention, I select a guiding theme or a guiding lens. This year, I selected workshops that focused primarily on supporting executive functioning. According to the Developing Child Harvard University website: Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.

​​​Executive Functions:
Inhibition - The ability to stop one's own behavior at the appropriate time, including stopping actions and thoughts.
Emotional Control - The ability to modulate emotional responses by bringing rational thought to bear on feelings.
Initiation - The ability to begin a task or activity and to independently generate ideas, responses, or problem-solving strategies.
Working memory - The capacity to hold information in mind for the purpose of completing a task.
Planning/Organization - The ability to manage current and future- oriented task demands.
Organization of Materials - The ability to impose order on work, play, and storage spaces.
Self-Monitoring - The ability to monitor one's own performance and to measure it against some standard of what is needed or expected.  – Cooper & Dietzal
Mindful strategies to help support neurodiverse students with executive functioning:
Focus on strengths: respect a child’s uniqueness
Megacognition:
·       Modelling
·       Role playing
·       Intentional teaching of social skills
Time Management:
·       Timers
·       Routines
·       Analogue Clocks
·       Agendas/Planners/D2L (Review weekly with student)
Review before new learning begins:
·       Khan Academy
·       Solaro
·       The Key
Frequent Check-Ins
Organization:
·      Checklists
·       Binders
·       Labelling
·       Colour coding
Environmental Supports:
·       Word to speech
·       Audiobooks
·       Read/Write on google docs (love, love)
 Planned Transitions
·       Breaks
·       Shifts in activities or environment
 
 





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R.T. Alderman School

725 Mapleton Dr SE Calgary, AB, T2J 1S1
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Principal
Mrs Brenda Lewis
Assistant Principal
Mr Stephen Brown
Education Director
Ann Ard
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

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Grades
05-09
Enrolment
448
Programs
Science
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8:55 AM
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3:30 PM
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