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Executive Functioning What is it? Why Should You Know About This?

Every student has the right to approach learning with the tools he or she needs for success. Now more than ever students with executive function issues are struggling with stressors that impede their growth in executive function areas including working memory, prioritizing, organizing, sequencing, managing time, attending, focusing, initiating, social/emotional inhibiting, communicating, and cognitive flexibility/shifting. Research shows that explicit, strategic instruction throughout a child’s P-12 schooling can improve a person’s executive function skills.
This video presents an overview of executive function and its importance for students’ academic and behavioral performance. A rationale for teaching students metacognitive strategies leading to self-regulation will be explained. We will look at how to address your students’ executive function strengths and needs so that they have tools to support their personal executive function growth through setting goals and planning. In this video we will be introducing you to NEW methods for strategy instruction.

What is Working Memory? The Foundation of ALL Learning

Are your students having difficulty remembering math facts, spelling words, completing assignments, remembering, and combining new information with background knowledge to learn and problem solve? These are possible signs of a deficit in working memory.

Working memory is the foundation of all learning. We find difficulties in working memory as early as preschool and as late as adulthood. The child that just cannot remember the rules or routines in preschool is often exhibiting the same working memory difficulties in elementary, middle, high school and adulthood. Research has shown that working memory can be improved through explicit strategic instruction.

In this video you will learn how the executive function, working memory, impacts students’ ability to achieve both academically and behaviorally. You will also learn strategies that can be used to improve skills in this area. In addition, we will provide ideas for helping students with working memory deficits as they navigate blended learning.

Other Videos Coming Soon:
  • Social/Emotional/Inhibiting: This module covers the role of social, emotional and inhibition in learning. It addresses how these three areas affect one’s outlook toward life in general and how they are perceived by others. It also includes strategies that can be used to improve skills in this area.
  • Prioritizing, Organizing, Sequencing and Managing Time:  This module covers the role of “getting it all together” in thought and action and includes strategies that can be used to improve skills in this area.
  • Attending, Initiating and Focusing: This module covers the importance of helping students start assignments, attend to the desired stimulus and sustain that attention to completion. Strategies that can be used to improve skills in this area are included.
  • Communication, Cognitive Flexibility and Shifting: This module emphasizes the role of executive functions in communication including strategies for written, spoken and nonverbal language. In addition, this module addresses cognitive flexibility and shifting including strategies for flexibility in thinking and strategies to help with transitions.