Executive functioning skills allow a student to control impulses and emotions, be flexible, plan and organize. These skills are needed for learning and day-to-day behavior. The term" executive functioning" has become a buzz word in schools and psychology offices. It begins to show up in students in the elementary and can affect them into adulthood. Executive functions are a diverse, but related and overlapping, set of skills. Listed below are some abilities that are covered under the umbrella term of executive functioning.
Join USOE and Utah State University June 21-23, 2016 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton Utah. Pre-Conference Meetings for District and Transitions Meetings will be held June 21, also at the Davis Conference Center. As with the very successful 2014 and 2015 Conferences, this year’s program again features an amazing array of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities.
Although the best way to adapt a lesson for your students who are less proficient at mastering material quickly is to respond to them as individuals, sometimes you may find that several students are experiencing difficulties. In the following list, you will find some ways to adapt lessons so that all of your students can be successful.
Vary the learning modalities in a lesson that will make it easier for all students to learn and use their preferred learning styles.
Provide more examples, models, and demonstrations.
Build on students’ prior knowledge.
Build students’ self-confidence by encouraging their efforts as well as their achievements.
Allow students to work with peers in mixed-ability groups.
Supply students with support materials such as word banks, graphic organizers, technology practice, and outlines.
Give more time to complete an assignment.
Adapted from The First-Year Teacher’s Checklist: A Quick Reference for Classroom Success by Julia G. Thompson