Executive Functioning and Learning
An Essential Workshop for All Teachers, Administrators and Professional Development Professionals 6 hours live (maximum 50)
Implementing UDL? Strengthen your skills. Not ready to implement UDL? This is your starting point.
As technology evolves, some jobs can be automated or done by computers. To be competitive in the job market, students need achieve what computers cannot do: e.g. conduct original research, innovate, solve novel problems, communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, and collaborate.
Executive Functions plus a strong base of core knowledge are the essential skills for success in today’s world. For students to think critically, collaboratively, and communicate effectively, these must be strengthened.
- Attention focus/distraction inhibition
- Emotional self-control
- Reasoning (Deduction/Induction)
- Critical Analysis e.g. validity
- Cognitive Flexibility
Executive Functions are What Students’ Need to:
- Be self-directed and goal-motivated
- Think critically about information, check the reliability of sources, challenge assumptions, and seek contradictory evidence
- Have the understanding and cognitive flexibility to adapt to new information
- Identify the most meaningful data to use for problem solving and analysis
- Recognize relationships and concepts to use for transfer and creative innovation
- Communicate and collaborate successfully
- Anticipate consequences and outcomes, and plan and revise accordingly
- Think in creative and connective ways: Predictions are that over 50% of today’s grade-school children may work in jobs not yet invented.
Typically, Executive functioning skills do not fully develop until we are in our mid-twenties. Because our world has changed so rapidly our students need to develop these skills much earlier. Neuroscience, understanding how the brain takes in and stores information, gives us the keys to add activities to daily school tasks that will support the development of these essential skills earlier.
Drawing from the work of Harvard Center on the Developing Child, and authors Russel Barkley, Peg Dawson and Dr. Judy Willis, this workshop will break down Working Memory, Inhibitory Control, and Mental Flexibility and highlight strategies to build in practice and supports within lessons.
This is an interactive workshop, come prepared to re-think teaching strategies and practice Executive Function supports. Standard classroom supports as well as technology supports for Executive Functioning will be demonstrated.
Participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the primary areas of executive functioning and the basic neuroscience that shows how new learning happens and what it takes to put new learning into long term memory.
- Practice activities, supports, and technology support executive functioning.
- Determine actions that can be taken immediately, in each area of the curriculum, to build and support these classroom activities.
- Duration 6 hours
- Activities Executive Function
- Class Sizes
- Years Old
- Available Seats 50