I have three questions to start today’s post:
- Is there a set of ‘Super Skills’ that could propel us towards personal success?
- Are they something that all of us use?
- Can these skills be taught?
I’ve got great news. There IS something like that. And our understanding of it has existed for quite awhile. But, we need to be spending more time building awareness about it.
It’s called EXECUTIVE FUNCTION … and it’s absolutely critical to our personal success. In BC, we’ve been spending a lot of really good time talking about a number of personal competencies like: Communication, Thinking, and Personal/Social/Emotional Development. These are all really important.
It’s time we build a more universal understanding about Executive Function. This post is my way of starting that conversation.
University Exams — even saying the words brings back anxiety — that pit in my stomach that feels like I might not keep my breakfast down. It was one of the few times in my life where I found my nervousness getting the better of me. I remember the anxiety, the lack of interest in eating, the inability to concentrate when I really needed to bear down and study.
Kinda looked like these – but mine had more tape
On the actual exam day, I wore my favourite pair of Puma runners — to EVERY exam for good luck. Those shoes lasted through 2 undergraduate degrees, dozens of mid-term and final exams … and lots and lots of tape holding them together.
I’m sure I’m not alone in my memory of those times studying when I just couldn’t get stuff to stick inside my head — no matter how many times I read that #$%& paragraph. Of course, it really didn’t help that I was tired and impatient.
I’m a Bit of a Science Geek
My children might argue that it’s more than a “bit”. I really love how science consistently works to validate ideas and increase our understanding of the world. And I love how it actually creates more questions than it answers — Science is a never-ending series of inquiries that delve deeper and deeper into areas of discovery.
Here’s a sprinkling of my passion for Science:
- My first degree was in Zoology;
- I was a Chemistry, Science and Math teacher;
- I enjoy reading all kinds of science articles and watching YouTube clips from people like Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson;
- The study of brain biology and how it relates to learning fascinates me;