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Friday, December 18, 2015

Executive Functioning Support

"Executive  Functioning"

What does it mean? How do we help kids with this?

I have started really focusing on executive functioning in my classroom.

Not that I wasn't focused on it in the past....but as a teacher of IEP/504/GT students, I see this "beast" affecting too many students.

From losing papers to not knowing how to attack studying for a test, we are fighting the battle to improve executive functioning skills ASAP! 

So, in this battle, I have found some excellent resources for middle grades teachers to support students with executive functioning.

I am pretty excited about them. (And about finding more....recommendations, anyone?)

I am excited to recommend a few books here: 

This book is an excellent purchase for a student to work through self-assessing their strengths and weaknesses and attacking them! I am working with a student currently who is using the book and I am thrilled with what I am seeing! 
The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens

I also have a copy of this book, but haven't had a chance to check it out yet.  Mostly because we are working regularly from the book above for now. But, this one looks like a quality workbook, as well. 

I am excited to have this as a research and am considering purchasing their teen-specific book as well. 
Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their PotentialSmart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

3. Here are a few books I have on hand to reference tips and tricks to with my students: 
Where's My Stuff?: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide


I love this book fro helping my students get organized.  I even have it on my nightstand (partly because it is such a good book to live by and partly because it is a cute little book!) How can you get organized if you have too much stuff? Your binders. Your locker. Your bedroom. It applies to have to simplify to get organized!  As I work to help my students to attack their weaknesses in organization, I often find that we refer back to this philosophy often.

Any other tips, tricks, or books out there? 

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