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Supporting Students in Executive Function

Executive functions is a term for the regulation of cognitive processes, including working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, and problem solving as well as planning and execution. Research has shown that students of all ages can have difficulties with these tasks. This collection provides resources about what executive function is, what issues students can have with it, and suggestions as to how teachers and parents can support their students to better develop these skills.
A Collection By Jeffrey Sack
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Supporting Students in Executive Function
  • ldonline.org
    ldonline.org

    What Is Executive Functioning?

    25 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    Executive functions help manage life tasks of all types. This in-depth summary provides a formal definition and then goes on to detail what life would be like with out these functions. I really like the way this article takes the negative viewpoint.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    Harvard University has developed an interactive training course that takes the user through the concepts involved with executive function. This is a great resource that all teachers should view. They will be much more knowledgeable about the topic and as a result see a difference in their classrooms.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    As students develop cognitively, how they perform in their classes changes. This listing of the issues that can plague a student's executive functioning does a wonderful job of detailing what the issues are and how they manifest themselves. I love the suggestions it provides as to how teachers and students can deal with them.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    I like how this list of executive functions details what each of the main 8 are and then describes how it can affect a child's everyday life. I would use this resources as a starting point to learn what executive function is and how it can impact kids.
  • Brain Games

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    idolbrain.com
    idolbrain.com
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    It is firmly believed by educational and psychological researchers that video games improve executive functioning. This site provides a collection of puzzles and mind benders that can be used to develop a student's functioning skills. I love the interactiveness of these games and found them to be quite a challenge.
  • ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    Brain Training Game Boosts Executive Functions, Working Memory and Processing Speed in Young Adults

    60 minute read
    Jeffrey Sack says:
    This empirical article reports research that investigated the use of games in the development of executive function in young adults. It is jam-packed with data and information. While it may be a bit dry, I think it is a good resource to read because it really outlines the science behind the development of executive function.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    Dr. Erica Warren put together this detailed video that describes what executive function is and how teachers or parents can work to support its development in their students. I like the amount of detail presented here and think that this is a great resource.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    What a great interface! I love the way this video talks about executive functions, but gears the discussion towards kids. I think this would be very useful when trying to describe what these things are and when supporting their development.
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