In light of requests by some of the parents, teachers, and clinicians in our worldwide Executive Function and Social-Emotional Learning community Wendy Young, Rebecca Comizio, Dr. David Nowell, Mike Kuczala, and I have developed a few printable tools for you all to use to support learning, cognition, and health among your students while you are home and/or learning online. 

In our clinical practice, at Wellington-Alexander  Center for dyslexia and reading interventions, we often share hand-drawn images, badges, or stickers during and after online and in-person education sessions to celebrate our students’ recognition of their skill-building. We thought the badges might encourage your students as well. The badges are FREE to share.

This resource includes our executive function and social-emotional motivation badges for your use and sharing. Simply download and print on a high-quality printer. Then cut-out and share the badges. You might also take a photo on your phone and share individual badges with your students via text or google classroom. You may email this pdf to your schools and colleagues. Together, we can celebrate learning to lift families, students, and teachers up!

Note: The File is large so I put it in a dropbox as well as gdrive, as you might prefer one over the other.

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Let’s Build Brain Literacy while engaging the brain in learning through prosocial interaction and play. 

    1. Brain Literacy is learning about brain biology and brain function to help students build metacognition and awareness of their executive function skills (Brain Futures, 2019). 

    2. Research shows that metacognition – the ability to think about how you think – can improve learning (Bialik, 2015). 

    3. Students with higher levels of Brain Literacy are likely more able to identify, apply, and revise cognitive skills in service of their learning and social relationships.  

    4. When we coach students about their executive function skills we tell them “Executive Functions are Cognitive Skills and Cognitive Skills Can Be Learned.” 

    5. Improving students’ brain literacy helps them to understand the relevance of cognitive interventions leading to more agency, better mastery and motivation in improving their social, cognitive and motor skills.