Speaker: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.

Episode 13: From Pimples to Projects: Taking Charge of HOW to Learn

Episode 13: From Pimples to Projects: Taking Charge of HOW to Learn

Pre-teen years are a breeding ground for pimples, mood swings, eye-rolls, and social awkwardness. But that’s not the only stuff these kids have to adjust to. There is a remarkable shift in academic demands that’s far out and equally daunting. During the Middle School years, kids have to actually learn how to study for tests, independently write papers by elaborating on ideas, and manage their priorities to put together projects. The system assumes that somehow these kids will learn to swim just because we have thrown them into the water of self-management. Today, Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., returns for the second time to discuss ways to teach these essential and intricate skills that go into managing goals and priorities to help support the development of Executive Function skills.

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Episode 12: Project “Run-Away”

Episode 12: Project “Run-Away”

If not properly handled, some projects can spiral out of control like a runaway train. Assignments involving project-based learning professes that children learn best when they experience the real-world problems and solve them on their own. In one of the elementary schools I had worked with, students were spotted to rush in with awkwardly large homemade robots as part of their 4th grade project. The teacher’s conditions were such that each student had to design the robot without spending more than $5, assemble it without parents’ help, put together an operating manual, and finally present everything in front of the class.  Project management involves the finer aspects of executive function skills and is rarely taught systematically. So did this project truly help inculcate the crucial skills for real world problem solving? Today, my guest Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., will discuss this very idea of ways to increase student’s control over his or her learning.

* This is Lynn’s first podcast episode where she discusses Executive Function, managing long range goals, and learning the how of learning.

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