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Executive Functioning - Teaching students what it is and how it can help them get smarter

Executive Functioning Skills encompass a wide range of cognitive skills that affect everything from remembering important dates to remembering impulse control. This collection includes both theory and explanations as well as practical tools to use with students. These are skills that some people use inherently but that can also be taught and strengthened.
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Executive Functioning - Teaching students what it is and how it can help them get smarter
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    Karen Cornell says:
    "Gamify Your Life" is the tag line for this interactive website which links game like features - quests, rewards, avatars with task completion tools to enhance motivation to get things done. There are 3 types of tasks - habits, dailies and to-dos. It provides practical support for students with executive functioning challenges. It could be for individual students or something the class could check as part of a homeroom time.
  • Karen Cornell says:
    Comprehensive book on executive skills and how to set up a coaching program with students. Executive skills can (and should) be taught to the whole group, but there will always be students who need more individualized follow up. This book details how to set up and run a coaching program for individual students.
  • Karen Cornell says:
    I like this book because it is practical and breaks the concepts down to teen friendly language. This works great for middle and high school levels. I like using the personal inventory to help students see where they are at and what areas they need help in. This can also be useful for conversations when students are convinced that they don't need to improve or don't know how.
  • Karen Cornell says:
    This webpage provides an overview of working memory and its impact. I've found working memory to be a key component to multiple students' success and something that often shows up on cognitive tests. This webpage is helpful in identifying how students may be struggling with working memory deficits.
  • Karen Cornell says:
    Carol Dweck is a psychologist who researches the power of mindset. This video is a great introduction to her work and the practical strategies she suggests. She also has a good book - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and Mindsets in the classroom. I was introduced to her work at PD at my school and I often use this language with my students to highlight the importance of their effort and belief in their improvement.
  • Karen Cornell says:
    Free E-course from NEA which provides an overview of what neuroscience can and cannot provide to teachers about brain plasticity, emotions, and social contexts among other topics. This is a great in-depth exploration of this topic from a theoretical level.
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