Four two-week sessions
June 22–July 2, July 6–17
Group A: Boys and girls, rising 4th through rising 6th graders (O’Neill Bordley)
Group B: Boys and girls, rising 7th through rising 9th graders (Clarke)
*This class will take place online*
What to bring: Computer with webcam and microphone capability, WiFi access, notebook paper, 3-ring binder, tabbed dividers, sticky notes
Executive functions are defined as the mental organizational processes by which a person can plan and sequence ideas or activities and then implement, monitor and revise these activities as needed. In school, executive functioning skills form the underlying basis for successful academic achievement. This Study Skills class is designed to equip students with executive functioning tools they need to become more confident learners. These tools will include:
- discovering personal learning styles and how this can enhance study habits
- organizing materials in a meaningful way
- tips for managing time
- memorization tricks
- reading comprehension through effective note-taking
Each day, we will work on skills designed to enable students to become efficient, self-motivated learners. Students will receive a Thinking Organized workbook containing chapters that focus on each of the topics listed above. We will also work on higher-level thinking skills, such as deduction and reasoning, through various fun activities and games.
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Sarah O’Neill Bordley is from the Bethesda area and graduated from Stone Ridge in 2002. She has been teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools for 13 years. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from University of Maryland, as well as an M.A. in Reading and a Reading Specialist Certification from University of Maryland.
Fun fact: Sarah grew up playing golf and played collegiately at the University of Richmond and University of Maryland.
Carolyn Clarke grew up in the DC Metro; she received her Bachelor Degree in English Language Arts from Hunter College in New York City. She also has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University. She’s currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at Catholic University. She has been a specialist in Executive Function, Reading & Writing Fluency and Comprehension for the last 7 years. She most recently served as the Upper School Learning Specialist at the National Cathedral School.
Fun fact: Carolyn’s current favorite activities are cooking, attending classes, and puzzling with her awesome 7-year old daughter.