The Brain and School Success Slideshow
Looking for a way to promote yourself and the Seeing My Time program?
This slideshow is a marketing tool for graduates of the Teaching Seeing My Time Program. It enables you to connect with your community as an expert in teaching executive functioning skills.
(Seeing My Time® Workbooks must be purchased separately)
The Seeing My Time Program® is a unique model for teaching the executive skills of time management and organization. Most time-management or study skills courses tell people what to do. I've learned that's the wrong place to start.
The Seeing My Time Program® first teaches people to be self-aware and understand the source of their difficulties. Then they can make choices about what tools and strategies to use.
Many people with time-management difficulties have internalized that they are “bad” people, lazy, or that they just don’t try hard enough. The Seeing My Time Program® helps these individuals get past their resistance by focusing not on their poor time-management behavior, but on the brain. By educating participants about the brain and their executive functioning strengths and weaknesses, they overcome the emotional barrier to behavior change. The blame is transferred from their lack of "will power" to their brain. This opens the door to change.
Understanding the brain also sets the stage for understanding why specific external tools and strategies are effective. The Seeing My Time® workbook and the tools introduced in the course are a starting point for life change.
Yes. Dr. Russell Barkley, a premier researcher in the field of ADHD, has argued that ADHD can largely be defined as deficits in executive functioning. These deficits transfer directly into poor time-management.
The activities in the Seeing My Time® workbook help participants with ADHD understand their brains' executive function challenges, and how they can support their brain to get things done. The workbook was designed for the creative, visually-oriented ADHD mind.
There is no magic wand or pill to “cure” deficits in executive functioning. However, through the Seeing My Time Program® , individuals are able to understand why they have to use external tools and then how to use effective strategies to support reaching goals and getting things done.
The term "executive function" refers to the processes in the brain which direct our conscious behavior choices. Executive functions connect our present choices to future outcomes. They help us manage our time, be productive, plan, organize, and reach goals. These processes are located primarily in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part of the brain directly behind the forehead. This is the last part of the brain to mature, not fully developing in most individuals until the ages of 25 to 30+.
Neuroscience is making great strides in understanding the executive functions. The Seeing My Time Program® is a unique model to develop the executive function skills of time management, planning, and organization.
Yes! The Seeing My Time Program® is great for students with learning disabilities or head injuries. Marydee started out as a teacher and reading specialist. She designed the Seeing My Time® workbook with struggling students in mind. There are very few words on most pages which makes it "friendly" for those with reading difficulties. Participants are asked to draw their responses so they don't have to spell or worry about handwriting. Verbal instruction is backed up with visuals drawn on a whiteboard, supporting visual learners and those with working memory challenges. Many of the activities are hands-on, using flags and sticky notes to concretely "see" time, which appeals to the kinesthetic learner. Teachers, educational therapists, and tutors around the country are using the Seeing My Time Program® materials to help LD students, middle school through college.
I wanted to share how much SMT has transformed my life. Gee... that sounds so dramatic, yet it is so true. Getting things done, on time, and to the best of my ability has bolstered my self-confidence to the point where I feel so free. Free of the panic and dread that dominated me because I would take on so much and never get it done. Also, the ability to organize my time helps my dyslexic brain function so much better. Really, it has taken over three years - but it has happened; I am at the level of productivity and with a high quality of life that I had dreamed of achieving. Thank you so much for your work. Now, I hope to share it with others so that they can have the same joyful experience!