After going to a Learning & The Brain and hearing a session on Executive Functioning I have gone down a rabbit hole. I have been working on a workbook with journal prompts and activities as well as a presentation for teachers in my district for our latest staff development day. See my slides from that day below.
Executive functioning skills are crucial for teens to excel in school and beyond. These cognitive processes, including working memory, cognitive flexibility, organization, time management, response inhibition/impulse control, emotional self-control, auditory attention, visual-spatial processing, task initiation, and focus and task completion, play a pivotal role in students' ability to manage tasks, plan and prioritize, regulate emotions, and achieve academic success.
Executive functioning skills for teens can be developed and strengthened to support academic success. Let's talk about some practical tips and strategies that teens can implement to enhance their executive functioning skills and thrive in school.
Understanding Executive Functioning Skills and Their Impact on Academic Success
Executive functioning skills are the cognitive processes that enable individuals to manage and regulate their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions to achieve specific goals. These skills are critical for academic success as they help students with tasks such as planning, organizing, initiating and completing assignments, managing time effectively, staying focused, and regulating their emotions.
Teens with strong executive functioning skills are better equipped to handle the demands of school, including managing multiple assignments, organizing study materials, managing time, and staying focused during class. On the other hand, students with weak executive functioning skills may struggle with time management, procrastination, forgetfulness, impulsivity, and difficulty shifting between tasks, which can significantly impact their academic performance.
Strategies for Enhancing Executive Functioning Skills in Teens
Fortunately, executive functioning skills can be developed and strengthened with practice and support. Here are some practical strategies that teens can implement to enhance their executive functioning skills and improve their academic success:
To see many more examples of activities, as well as journal prompts see my workbook on amazon!
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