Executive Functioning Skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. They are the bedrock for learning and when students have daily practice employing them they are more likely to succeed academically and in the workplace.
This course will focus on the following suite of Executive Functions that research has shown to have a positive impact on students and their academic success: Working Memory, Planning and Time Management, Organization, Goal Setting, Accountability, and Self-Regulation. Lessons in this course will discuss how to teach these skills. Some skills will be addressed across multiple lessons.
Executive Functions are best learned when students can see them modeled and get daily practice employing them. Additionally, students are likely to take the risks inherent to learning when they are in in predictable learning environments. This course will equip you with a daily learning routine that will simultaneously teach students executive functions.
As students progress through their K-12 experience schoolwork gets harder and more complex, yet students are asked to be more independent in their learning. Young people with weak or lacking Executive Functioning Skills, or those who struggle with executive dysfunction, tend to fall further and further behind.
Studies analyzing the impact of the pandemic on young people suggest that executive functioning plays a key role in protecting against risk factors of depression and anxiety. There is no better time to model and teach for the sake of your students' academic success and personal wellbeing.