Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom. A Practical Guide for Educators

  • ID: 2330155
  • Book
  • 192 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom

This practical guide offers a wealth of proven strategies to help students with Executive Function (EF) challenges those who have trouble negotiating the world of deadlines, paperwork, and main ideas. The book offers useful tools and systems to help EF–challenged students learn in an efficient manner, demonstrate what they know, and manage the daily demands of school. Recognizing that teachers must manage the ebb and flow of their broader classroom needs, the tips offered here are equally useful for children with EF problems as well as other students in the general education classroom.

Rooted in solid research and classroom–tested experience, the book is organized to help teachers negotiate the fluid challenges they face every day; educators will find strategies that improve classroom "flow" and reduce the stress of struggling to teach students with EF weaknesses.

  • Includes a wealth of a ctionable strategies and tools
  • Provides numerous reproducible, time–saving forms and handouts
  • Shows how to create an "EF Smart" classroom
  • Offers a template for planning and monitoring interventions

Praise for Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom

"Three cheers for this teacher–friendly approach to make the entire classroom a laboratory for learning those all–important executive function skills. I highly recommend this book."
Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, coauthor, ADD–Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

"This book is filled with practical, field–tested strategies that teachers can use to foster these critical skills. It can make a genuine difference in the lives of struggling students and the teachers who serve them."
Richard D. Lavoie, consultant and author, The Motivation Breakthrough

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About the Authors vii

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

Part I Executive Functioning: The Basics 5

1 What Is Executive Functioning? 7

Definition 7

Core Executive Skills 9

How Do Executive Skills Develop? 13

To Sum Up 17

Time to Reflect 18

2 Putting a Face on Executive Functions: Students Who Struggle 19

Executive Dysfunction: A Description, Not a Diagnosis 19

The Normal Variability of Executive Functioning 20

The Vulnerability of Executive Functioning 21

Poorly Targeted Instruction 33

The Importance of Healthy Habits 34

Assessment 35

To Sum Up 38

Time to Reflect 39

Part II Interventions That Boost Executive Functions 41

3 The EF–Smart Classroom 45

The Tune–up Tools: Planning, Time, Repetition, and Mind–Set 46

The Targets: Culture, Planning, Routines, and Classroom Design 52

Planning for Change 72

To Sum Up 74

Time to Reflect 75

4 Supporting Students Who Need More Help 77

Planners 78

Materials 89

Reading 91

Writing 101

Math 105

To Sum Up 109

Time to Reflect 110

5 The EF–Smart School 111

Old School to New Schools 111

Faculty Meetings 115

Gathering References 116

The Magic Formula 118

To Sum Up 119

Time to Reflect 120

6 How the Specialist Can Help 121

Examining the Learning Task and Its EF Demands 122

Examining EF Skills for Levels of Automaticity and Independence: The Four–Quadrant Model 128

Consulting with Teachers 134

To Sum Up 136

Time to Reflect 137

7 Planning for Change 139

Defining a Problem of Practice 140

Planning and Reflection Guide 141

Using the Template and Guide: Case Examples 144

Plan to Monitor 157

To Sum Up 158

Time to Reflect 158

Conclusion: Helping All Students Blossom 159

Appendix A: The Top Three Accommodations for Students with EF Problems 161

Appendix B: Accessing the Online Materials 165

Endnotes 167

Index 171

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Joyce Cooper–Kahn, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in children′s learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Coauthor of Late, Lost, and Unprepared, she presents frequently at national and international conferences.

Margaret Foster, MAed, is an instructor and consultant specializing in teaching and learning. She trains leaders internationally through WIDE World, a professional development program for educators.

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