Life Skill Programs

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Students also develop the self-understanding about why, where, when and how to use these strategies in their academic work.

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As a Speech Language Pathologist working in the field on Executive Functioning, the SMARTS program combined with my own skill set used in hundreds of individual intervention sessions over a number of years, could provide students with more than study skills, but skills that cover learning at a level that helps them understand themselves as leaners.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Students who successfully complete the SMARTS program show increased motivation to learn, stronger effort, and a desire to use executive function strategies in their school work, homework, and studying. Students also develop the self-understanding to know which strategies work best for them as well as why, where, when and how to use these strategies in their academic work.

SMARTS Program implemented with other tools from Speech Pathology experience and training is evidence based and is included at the end of this letter.

  • Activities to develop students’ self -understanding—metacognition—to assess what strategies work best for their learning style, as well as the why, where, when, and how to use these strategies
  • Students learn executive function strategies for homework, studying for tests, and planning long-term projects, writing assignments, checking their work, and remembering facts, formulas, and important information.

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WRITE RIGHT
Strategies for Purposeful Writing

Aim: Students to become more thoughtful, purposeful and effective writers with strategies targeting writing skills with self-checking strategies, effectively organising and cognitive flexibility to improve their writing.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039044590{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661394746{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Sorting and Organizing using BOTEC[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661363228{margin: 0px !important;padding: 0px !important;}”]The BOTEC organizational strategy (Brainstorming, Organizing, Topic Sentences, Evidence, Conclusion) helps students to brainstorm, organize and outline their writing before they begin.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039052656{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661423860{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Bottom-up vs. Top-down Thinkers[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661465520{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Teach students to shift between organizing ideas using a detail-oriented, bottom-up approach and using a big-picture, top-down approach. Help them determine which approach suits them best![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661429576{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Shifting Perspectives in Writing[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661459436{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Students consider the importance of a flexible approach to writing that addresses multiple audiences. Students learn to adapt their tone, writing structure, and approach depending on that audience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661445234{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]I-SEE a Strategy[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661452997{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Students learn to identify which strategies are individualized, systematic, efficient, and effective (I-SEE). Then, they examine their own strategies, refining them to ensure they fit the I-SEE model.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1499662094563{margin-top: 32px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

READ TO SUCCEED
Reading Comprehension Strategies

Aim: Successful reading comprehension asks students to identify the big picture and the supporting details as well as to analyze a text from multiple perspectives. With this strategy set, you can help your students to actively read for meaning and with a purpose.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661603618{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Being Flexible and Shifting Expectations[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661609204{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Help students to understand that words possess varied meanings depending on their context.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661615871{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Skim and Scoop[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661622669{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Provide students with a strategy to extract critical information from each paragraph. Help them to see critical trends and patterns in the texts they read.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661629941{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Purposeful Highlighting[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661636216{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Teach students strategies to help them understand the importance of organized note-taking and to determine the difference between relevant and irrelevant information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661665856{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]What is Cognitive Flexibility?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661658463{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Promote a flexible approach to learning and problem solving.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1499662105074{margin-top: 32px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

TAKING NOTES
Successful Note-Taking

Aim: students to become more effective note-takers in every subject area.Teach strategies for re-organising binders and notebooks and continue with strategies for systematic note-taking from a text or a lesson.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661736472{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]The 4 C’s[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661743033{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Help students learn to re-organize their binders and so they can find their notes quickly and easily as needed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661751789{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Using the Triple-Note-Tote[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661757690{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Teach students this systematic 3-column note-taking strategy so they can focus on and remember key concepts and relevant details, while ignoring less relevant information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661766486{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Note-taking from a Lesson[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661772785{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Teach students strategies to help them understand the importance of organized note-taking and to determine the difference between relevant and irrelevant information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661794597{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]What is Metacognition?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661787639{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Help students develop an awareness of their unique strengths and challenges as learners.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1499662110450{margin-top: 32px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

REMEMBER THIS!
Improving Working Memory

Students’ use of strategies through visual, verbal, or written associations with information they need to remember. With practice, this will improve their recall over time and reduce the working memory demands of challenging tasks.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661869727{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Why is Memory Important?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661876269{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Help students to understand the difference between working memory, long-term memory and short term memory so that they can recognize the purpose of memory strategies when they study.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661884560{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Cartoons and As­sociations[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661894092{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Provide students with the strategies they need to remember information by making visual, verbal, or written associations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661901907{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Crazy Phrases and Stories[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661911319{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Teach students how to create silly sentences or stories to help them remember information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator color=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1500039061939{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” accent_color=”#dddddd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661919600{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]What is Cognitive Flexibility?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1499661926093{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;}”]Promote a flexible approach to learning and problem solving.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1499850069315{margin-top: 32px !important;margin-bottom: 64px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

TIME TO MANAGE TIME
Planning time is critically important for helping students to accomplish their goals. Organising and prioritising are the cornerstones of executive function because students must meet deadlines and organize tasks in order to create the best school-life balance.

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