On Being an MJDS Parent: Turning Some Ideas on Their Head
As an MJDS parent, you will be pleased to know that new findings about the brain are turning long-held ideas about education and life on their head - especially debunking the notion that the most efficient and effective strategy for advancing academic achievement is to focus on academics alone. We invite you to see this video and look for the reference to Montessori at approximately 4 minutes 40 seconds.
|Turning some ideas on their head | Adele Diamond | TEDxWestVancouverED|
One of the world's leading researchers in developmental science, Adele Diamond, (PhD, FRSC, Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia (UBC) email@example.com) Some of our teachers had the pleasure of meeting Adele and hearing her speak about executive functions and how Montessori supports their development
Here is why this is important:
Executive Function skills are proven to be
- more important for school readiness than IQ or entry-level reading or math.
- essential for school success throughout the school years.
- critical for job success
- important for marital harmony
- critical for mental and physical health through out the life span.
Children, and adults with poor executive functions have difficulty making and keeping friends and being accepted by others. They often respond impulsively, have trouble resisting urges, and are forgetful; they don't wait their turn, forget the rules that all agreed to, etc.
In a large sample of 14,000, teens with poorer inhibitory control were found to be "exponentially more likely" to suffer from 9 of 10 adverse health conditions (e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol).