By the time students are in secondary school, the emphasis is on the "what" or content and preparing for future education (college) and career, but we still need to pay attention to the "how" of student learning, particularly for students who need support in executive function. This whitepaper thoroughly explores the issue of integrating executive function in teaching and provides a terrific list of strategies, backed by research-based rationale.
Need some strategies for helping students develop or strengthen executive function? Here are three strategies for integrating executive function activities into your school day, with an emphasis on modeling higher order thinking skills, which we know are critical for long-term academic, career and life success
The question of how to actually "teach" executive functioning is addressed in this article by Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, experts in brain-based teaching. Wilson and Conyers outline 5 steps to explicitly teach and model executive functions in the classroom, so you can develop your students' awareness and ownership of their own executive functioning.
What's the difference between a good learning profile and great learning profile? This comparison gives you ideas for expanding your understanding of your students' learning styles and preferences, so you can help steer them to success.
Sixth-grade math teacher discusses her enthusiasm for and use of learner profiles in the classroom. The article discusses how she incorporates learning profiles in instruction. Bonus - links to learning style and preference inventory tools.
Dr.Tomlinson is a recognized expert and proponent of differentiated instruction and this excerpt from her excellent book, "How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, 2nd Edition," provides a thorough review of learning styles and preferences and then gives suggestions for recognizing students' differences and capturing them in learning profiles. This chapter also provides implementation strategies and examples for using learning profiles to differentiate student learning.
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. I like how this text has a more narrative tone and seems to be written for the non-experts in the field. Yet, all of the advice it gives is top notch.
Harvard University has developed an interactive training course that takes the user through the concepts involved with executive function. Blending instruction with video interviews and examples, this is a great resource that teachers should view to become more knowledgeable about the topic and make a difference in their classrooms as a result.
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 without these functions. I like how the author uses a fictional case of an adult with executive function deficits to analyze each of the skills in application.