Executive function skills are a set of cognitive skills that allow individuals to carry out daily tasks, set short- and long-term goals that are attainable, develop flexible thinking and self-evaluate. As students move through school/life the demand on executive functioning increases and the need for implicit coaching arises. Helping individuals understand cognitive development while teaching, modeling and supporting the practice of executive functions allows them to develop efficient and effective thinking routines and systems. Understood.org does an exceptional job elaborating on this topic.
Educational Frameworks Executive Function Skills Coaching include:
- Developing time management and planning strategies
- Organizing work environments as well as materials
- Practicing initiation, flexible thinking and self-reflection
- Incorporating the use of digital resources
(ie: timers, digital calendars, focus apps, etc…)
- Incorporating the use of existing systems
(ie: learning management systems, audible resources, voice to text, etc…) is a priority as it supports transfer and student autonomy.