Given that students spend much more time outside of school than in the classroom, partnering with parents can be an effective way to help children and youth enhance their executive function. Reinforcing messages and strategies related to taking charge of their thinking at home also illustrates how truly useful it can be to be the boss of your brain.
Many parents won't be familiar
with the concept of executive function—or indeed the idea of guiding
students to learn how to learn. In their own K-12 education, today's
parents likely never encountered lessons about how the human brain
learns and how people can become more effective learners. As a result,
it will be helpful to share three key messages with parents: