Tag Archives: Executive Functioning

Dance Party!

What does a dance party have to do with homework? You’ll see in less than a minute…

But first, do you struggle with starting your homework and then getting distracted?

Or by staring at your screen and worrying about homework while the minutes [and maybe hours] idle away?

Sooo…how do you actually get a break while still getting your homework done?
And if staring at a screen is not really rest , then…what is a break?

Rest is anything that gives the brain a break from the task at hand, but allows it to be rejuvenated so that one can easily go back to the task at hand.

Perhaps..energizer might be a better word.

Depending on what state I’m in (tired and drowsy, lethargic, don’t feel like doing anything) or anxious and hyper depends on the type of rest that I might take. It also depends on how much time I have. Here are some ways that I rest for rejuvenation. If I have 15-20 minutes:

  • Brisk run or walk (I run for 7.5 minutes one way and then back 7.5 minutes. You can also do this with a walk).
  • Sretching. I exercise a lot and often times my legs are tired. I also sit a lot and like everyone am guilty of typing…so any kind of stretch for my wrist (try kneeling on the ground and then putting your hands on the floor-your fingertips pointing towards your knees-and/or, stretching one finger at a time using the other hand.
  • Lying on the floor with my legs against the wall or on a couch. 
  • Watercolors. This works for me because I do not consider myself to be *good* at art which helps my brain relax and just go with the flow.

If I have 5 minutes:

  • Washing the dishes.
  • Stepping outside.
  • A smaller stretch. 
  • Dancing to music. [hence the dance party]
  • Drawing.

Summer is a  great time to brainstorm and practice new rest strategies for during the school year. Once you have your list, you can put it near your work-space. 


For the month of August challenge yourself to use one of your rest techniques at least once a day for increments of five minutes. This practice will create muscle memory and add rejuvenation to your day and…your homework.

I’d love to know! What are your favorite ways to rest?

Want accountability for your challenge? Email me! I’d love to know how it’s going.

What does a bike ride have to do with school?

Hi All,

In the video below you will notice that I am somewhat wet! Some of my greatest A-HA moments are realized while I am on my bike, or doing laps in the pool-or running (very slowly)-and this was no different! This is all about adaptability-how can you change something when the circumstances are not what you want or expected? After watching the video, I would love to hear any questions or any A-HA! moments you’ve had when the circumstances are different than what you wanted or expected….

How do I stay awake to finish my homework?

So many of my students are so exhausted and stressed out when they come home from school..they take a nap and then find themselves up late again finishing their homework. Is that you as well? are In this video I show you a few very short, simple exercises to do before you start (or continue) to do your homework to help re-energize you before starting your homework.

After watching the video I would love to know: what do you do now to help energize yourself when you come home from school? Looking for more study tools and tips? Please feel free to reach out! I would love to talk with you.

Wondering how to study for finals [and other tests]?

Wondering how to prepare for finals? I was working with a student who said that he had so much homework he didn’t have time to study. I get it. It’s hard, as a student, when you  are so used to be given a structure [homework] and then have to find your own structure for studying! Watch this video for tips on preparing for finals (and other tests). Then,comment below on how you are taking small active steps to make sure that you are prepared for test day!

Want to make sure that you stay in action? The accountability group may be perfect for you; a facilitated group for 9th and 10th graders in which students hold each other accountable for actions they want to complete throughout the week.

Contact me for more information! Also, I still have room in my Summer and Fall practice! I tend to fill up in October when students are already falling behind. Let’s talk about how we can put organizational and time management systems into place before the school year for a STRESSLESS beginning of the year.

How to Make Sure to Follow Through…

How do you make sure that you are getting done what you have to get done WELL, and in a TIMELY and STRESSLESS manner? Accountability, of course! Watch this video for three quick tips of how to use an accountability partner…

oh and don’t forget to comment below: what task are you trying to complete this week and who will hold you accountable for it?

Questions? Feel free to contact me to inquire about Academic Coaching in the Summer and Fall!

How do I begin?

Watch this video to learn a simple routine to get you started on even the hardest and most boring homework assignments!

Ooohh!! Are you a 9th or 10th grader that would like some help with accountability? Contact me here. I have a new month long program starting soon to help you stay on top of your work and be held accountable. Contact me for more information.

How to Reflect on a Project or Presentation…

Do you find yourself second guessing yourself after you’ve finished a test, project, or presentation…or sometimes maybe even obsessing about it? Watch this video for a tip on how to reflect after you’ve finished. How do you reflect? Let me know below!