Does it feel like every year, you notice more learners who could be successful in class, but just won't "apply themselves"?
Are your learners prone to shutting down when things are hard, giving up when they don't understand, and not putting in the necessary effort to complete assignments?
None of these issues can be solved with lecturing, tutoring, additional homework, or having an adult endlessly cajole kids to “buckle down” and “stay focused”.
No matter how many times you say to young people, “You can do this; you just have to try”, it won't change the pattern of behavior. That's because:
Kids need strategies for pushing THEMSELVES through difficult tasks.
Find their flow during school work so they’re totally immersed
Take initiative in learning new things and problem-solving
Focus on assignments and concentrate with fewer distractions
Manage their time well and prioritize tasks
Create healthy sleep, work, and play habits to maximize energy
Tap into their creativity and use processes of divergent thinking
It may seem impossible now, but these are teachable skills.
Through specific instructional techniques and practice, young learners can be taught how to learn and how to stay focused.
Finding Flow Solutions is a new and growing collection of resources I've created to help.
— Angela Watson
The curriculum features 6 units for pre-teens (middle school) and 6 units for teens (high school). Each is designed to be no-prep or minimal prep for the instructor, and features:
Quickly skim the guide to prepare and review the key ideas taught in the lesson. You don’t have to master any of these skills yourself before introducing them to students, as you’ll be learning alongside one another.
Teaching the concepts and introducing activities is super simple: just follow the prompts on each slide! Units have 80-120 slides, all with professionally designed graphics. Video clips are embedded so you can play them offline.
The 10-12 page format is designed to minimize printing and paper use with no filler, fluff, or half blank pages. You can also assign the journal to students in your LMS (such as Google Classroom) and keep everything digital.