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Executive Function: Thursday’s Throwdown

Updated: Aug 8, 2021

Each Thursday, I will demystify common “teacher-speak.” Teachers often regurgitate the lingo of faculty meetings, professional development, educational publications, and graduate courses. While unintentional, it is an area of parent/school communication that can easily be improved! Even if you’re familiar with the term, I encourage you read on for valuable insights and tips.


Executive Function Defined:

Executive functioning has nothing to do with CEOs, business, or the job responsibilities of a boss. The term refers to a part of the brain that acts like an offensive coordinator calling the plays into the quarterback. It directs your focus and allows you to make corrections and adjustments mid-task. In short, we use executive functions to get things done.

Your brain is the "conductor" for immediate tasks and activities

Executive Function Has Three Parts:
1) Working Memory
2) Flexible Thinking
3) Self-Control


Executive function difficulties...

  • make organization and completing multi-step tasks challenging

  • often improve with maturity

  • are influenced by brain development in adolescence and genetics (not fully understood)

  • can be improved upon with strategies and support. Stay tuned for future posts on strategies and interventions!

Executive Functioning Difficulties are NOT:

  • diagnosed by clinicians or recognized as a disability

  • indicative of a child's intelligence or ability

  • the same thing as ADHD/ADD, although those with ADD/ADHD almost certainly have difficulties with executive functions

  • only found in children

Stay posted for future posts on strategies to improve and support executive functioning.


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Happy Friday's Eve!

~From The Teacher's Inbox





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