Every now and then I come across a message which reminds me about a focus I have in life — understanding. Remembering to ask the question WHY. There’s a reason for the behavior in front of you — for the way someone is presenting to you. THE POWER OF WHY was created with that mindset as its focus. It’s this framework that reminds me I have a choice on how I respond to others — that I can choose to be kind, inquisitive and compassionate regardless of what I’m observing.
Everyone has a story.
Everyone is living in their own context.
So, the purpose of this particular blog post is to remind us of that message — seek to understand and be kind. When I saw a recent social media post quoting the late Robin Williams, it resonated with me and I wanted to share it with you.
It’s a personal goal of mine — some days I do really well — some days I’m not as successful. But I keep aiming for the target.
This is the second blog post I’ve written about Executive Function (the first being Our Personal Super Power – Oct 19, 2020). In this post I want to focus on EF’s potential as a critical component of effective reading.
Reading is an incredibly complex skill. It is not an innate ability, but one that is learned over time and involves an intricate dance of neuronal activity between a number of brain areas.
In case you’re interested, here’s a picture that highlights the complexity — no need to memorize it — there won’t be a test later.
And because of this complexity, for students who struggle with reading there can be a multitude of reasons why that is the case.
As we head into the doldrums of the long, dark days of January I thought I’d write about the importance of sleep. We know that sleep is important and that we could all likely use more of it. However, here are some points that are worth noting again. An article from Nov 2019 lists the Top 10 Reasons for getting a good night’s sleep:
Sleep keeps your heart healthy
Sleep may help prevent some cancers
Sleep reduces stress
Sleep reduces inflamation
Sleep makes you more alert
Sleep improves your memory
Sleep may help you lose weight
Napping makes you smarter (THIS one I really like!)