“Embedded” Strategic Learning Coaching
The “embedded” strategic learning coaching model is designed to bring the knowledge base of strategic coaching directly into the classroom environment. Most students with learning disabilities, whether they are language-based such as dyslexia or written expression problems or reflect disorders such as ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disability, or Asperger’s Syndrome, share core difficulty with areas of functioning attributed to the pre-frontal cortex of the brain. In addition, students with different disabilities have their own strengths and best ways of learning that need to be understood to enhance their learning experience and promote success. The great news is that even though this model is exceptionally helpful for students with disabilities, it is highly valuable for all students.
The strategic learning coaching model was designed to provide the student with the necessary tools for approaching tasks in school – and life, by directly teaching, facilitating and monitoring the use of strategies to build neural connections. By recognizing results of brain research that informs us that “neurons that fire together, wire together” and by studying the direct processes that need to be strengthened, this coaching model mirrors what the brain needs to be doing for effective learning. The focus is on “how” to learn, not what to learn. Learning “how” to do tasks in school, learning “how” to learn, “how” to organize information for learning, “how” to plan and organize, “how” to get the most out of reading a text – along with many other “hows” is more essential to success than perhaps any other skill.