Brains are built, not born. According to this short video from Harvard University, the interactions we have with others plays a strong role in human brain development. I love how this video shows a lot of peer interactions.
Here is a great video that details what executive functioning is and how it can impact learning. It also provides some suggestions as to how it can be improved in students. I suggest watching this video when planning lessons that will be used to develop these skills.
While this text is written for psychologists and is quite technical, it does provide a lot of evidence that peer to peer interactions are a great way for children to develop executive functioning skills.
When kids model proper behavior to other kids, they are both likely to learn from the situation. This short article discusses the benefits of having students model proper executive functions for the other students in the class. I like the ideas presented here and think that teachers should engage in this practice.
Current research suggests that many bright, social students lack the executive skills they need for them to reach their full potential. This text provides real-world examples and solutions to help students develop these skills.
Coming up with practical student interventions during studies on executive function can be a challenge. This text provides a variety of resources and advice on the use of assessment tools, reports, and other tests that are used to evaluate levels of executive function. It also provides suggestions as to how these skills can be improved, including pragmatic play with peers.
Harvard University has come up with this wonderful article about executive function and how and why it develops. It offers many different ways executive function can develop in children, including working with peers. It also offers some policy implications. I think this article gives some good information and advice.
This eBook is a complete summary of executive functions and does a wonderful job of detailing all that is known about it. If teachers read this book they will be better versed in the topic and the challenges it presents.