Friday, May 19, 2017

Helping Children Learn in the Age of Distractions Cheat Sheet


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Electronic Culture:
n  favours quick responses, quick results and efficient outcomes
n  does not utilize our bodies and movement, which is where social, emotional learning takes place.
n  does not provide the repetitive practice required to help children learn social cues, emotional responses and collective behaviors such as sharing, taking turns and negotiating needs.
n  Homes need to put back in, what electronic time takes away:
n  Unstructured play, Outdoor activity
n  Quiet environments
n  Eye Hand Activities and Single Focus Activities
n  Human connection and interaction

Suggestions:
n  Take small steps and Repeat them daily
n  Reinforce success
n  Create consistent routines
n  Do less
n  Have less
n  Engage the whole family in making changes.  Make sure everyone is resourced when having challenging conversations
n  Repeat material to mastery and honor the process of repeating material and learning from mistakes
n  Create intense learning opportunities – the greater the intensity the more impact it has on your brain
n  Repetition is important.  It takes 10-31k to create new neural pathways.
n  Have 3 minute high intensity aerobic/ movement breaks

Examples:
n  Eat meals together with no electronic devices including the TV
n  Have 30 minute family time where all electronic devices are shut off and everyone is gathered in the same location
n  Initiate 20 minute family walks
n  Work together on a project – puzzles, Lego buildings, art projects, baking, ect.
   n  All members of the household should have chores. Provide consistent expectations.
            Morning and evening routines are the most important.  Make them easy and predictable.

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