• Caution This section will contain an alphabetical list of terms and concepts students have been learning and discussing during groups.  Please check back regularly as we will be adding new terms.




    Active Listening: how to use one's whole body for good listening and understanding information.  We talk about the idea that we don't just listen with our ears. (Also known as Whole Body Listening)

    Clean Sweep: the phrase we use to discuss the process of cleaning and re-organizing a space or item (i.e.: bedrooms, lockers, folders, backpacks etc). Includes choosing a system for organization.

    Learning Styles: The different ways in which we take in information.  Styles we have discussed include:

    • Auditory- listening
    • Visual- Seeing 
    • Tactile/Kinesthetic- hands on learning
    • Solitary- learning better by ones self/in isolation
    • Social- prefer to do group projects/activities to learn     


    Planners- we've discussed the importance of using planners for daily homework and keeping things organized.  Students have been taught to use each space within each dy and to write "NONE" if there is no homework for a given subject area.  

    Self-Awareness: the awareness of what your body is doing, what you are thinking about, how you affect/impact others around you and how those individuals affect you.

    Transitions: how quickly and efficiently we move from one task/activity to another.  Highlighting all the different types of transitions we might do throughout the day (i.e.: in between classes, within classroom activities)

    SMART Goals:  This term applies to how to make/set goals for yourself and the components of a well-developed goal. The acronym "SMART" stands for:  

    • Specific-does the goal outline the who, what, where ?
    • Measurable-can we easily measure to see if we're making progress or have met the goal?
    • Attainable- does this goal make sense?  Is it reasonable to work toward?
    • Relevant-is it important to you?
    • Timely- can we achieve progress or met this goal in the given timeline? Did we set a timeline?

    Environment: everything that is around us.  Living and non-living things that are included to consider, such as physical, chemical and other natural forces.  Living things exist in their environment.  We are constantly interacting with our environment and adapting ourselves to the conditions.

    • Some of the topics within our environment discussion have included:
      • smells, lighting, noise, temperature in a room where students are working
      • seating-who one is sitting around and where in the room 

     Schedules: can look different for different people. Tools that help us to keep focused on what tasks are coming up and what needs to be done when.  

    Routine: A sequence of actions that you REGULARLY follow or perform as part of a regular procedure (not a special reason).

    Time Management: the idea of how to use time wisely and effectively accomplish tasks and goals.  

    • Concepts in this topic include:
      • strategies for time management-use of timer, planners, to do lists
      • prioritizing activities
      • breaking down tasks into components
      • time blocking

    Impluse Control: thinking before doing.  Taking a second to think before you act.

    • Some strategies to assist in this are include:
      • Stop and count to 10.  
      • Stop, count and take a second to think about what needs to happen next.
      • Deep breathing.
      • Calming/stress reducing movement activities.

    Persistence: we've talked about keeping at something even when it's hard.  Using "the Power of YET" (a concept taken from the Growth Mindset work by Carol Dwek)