Adele Diamond – the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia – discusses in detail the abilities and skills that will be needed for success in the 21st Century.  Specifically, the development of  executive functions: self control, disipline and perseverance, and creativity.

Montessori schools in Etobicoke and throughout the city are helping your children build these skills every day.  If you are a current parent or an interested outsider, listen to Dr Diamond’s talk and think about your own child’s development and how he or she is forming executive functioning skills.

We see it a million different ways in our classrooms: very young children returning their lunch bag to their hook outside the classroom, choosing their own work, making independent decisions, completing a task from beginning to end, offering help to a friend, waiting patiently for a seat at a table. The examples are endless.

How do we do this?  Start by imagining the vast difference in opportunity provided in a simple moment when your child’s teacher says, “What do you think?” in response to a question instead of simply providing an answer.

Click on the link to view Dr Diamond’s Ted Talk: Turning some ideas on their head.