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Get Ready to Blaze Your Own Trail

Evoke is ready! Are you? The new school year is about to begin, and even though we’re sad to see the summer go, the staff at Evoke is always excited about opportunities and possibilities.

Procrastination: What’s Your System?

Everyone puts things off. We avoid doing the things we dread, the things that are boring, and the things that can wait. We promise ourselves that we’ll do it tonight, tomorrow, or on the weekend. If it’s important, it will get done; if it’s not, it may just fall by the wayside.

Evoke Learning 2018 Summer Programs

Summer learning programs can help students improve their academic outcomes. Studies show that vacation from school results in lost knowledge and skills, especially in math and reading (on average, students lose about 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer) (Cooper, 1996).

Practice with Purpose: Designing Effective Homework

As their children advance in the primary grades, the parents of students with learning disabilities learn to dread the daily homework ritual. The challenges of weak executive function and the extra time it takes for a student with disabilities to complete assignments can mean several extra hours of concentration for a student who is already working harder than most of their peers.

Overcoming Autopilot: Interrupting the Brain’s Reward System

The job of our brains is to police our environment and react to threats and opportunities in ways that benefit our survival. Snap decisions are hard-coded: Is something a problem? Is there a reward? Our brain acts as command central to evaluate situations instantly, a function perfected over thousands of years of evolution. To do its job effectively, our mind needs to move quickly, and that’s why the brain loves a good hack.

Equal Opportunity: The Importance of Accommodations and Self-Advocacy

Students can’t change their neurobiology, but parents and teachers can help children compensate for documented weaknesses by creating helpful external supports. These “end runs” around specific challenges include strategies, routines, and academic accommodations that level the playing field for students with ADHD and other learning disabilities.