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The Five Keys to Unlocking a Successful School Year

July 11, 2014 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Executive functioning skills are essential to succeed in life. Certain executive functioning skills, such as time management and organization, help individuals in their jobs, daily chores, and day to day responsibilities. Students with a variety of learning challenges, such as ADHD, learning disabilities, or autism spectrum disorders, may have deficits in such executive functioning skills, which can, in turn, adversely affect the school experience. Although these deficits may seem insurmountable at times, there are ways to tackle them to achieve success.

As a new school year is beginning, high school faculty and staff, parents, and students themselves, are searching for systems to put in place to develop such executive functioning skills and to maximize the classroom learning experience. To help, here are New Frontiers in Learning’s Five Keys to a Successful School Year: Read the rest of this entry →

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Self-Efficacy

May 16, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Multon, Brown and Lent (1991) describe self-efficacy as the “belief of one’s ability to successfully perform a given behavior”. For years social cognition theorists have hypothesized about the potential relationship that a student’s self-efficacy beliefs have on their academic progress, specifically in regards to the reciprocity of behavior, personal factors and environmental factors (Pajares, 2002). According to Schunk and Meece (2005), “Compared with learners who doubt their capabilities, those who are self-efficacious about learning or performing a task competently are apt to participate more readily, work harder, persist longer when they encounter difficulties, and achieve at higher levels”. It only makes sense that as educators we would try to nurture and develop this critical quality. Read the rest of this entry →

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