Executive Function is a set of mental processes that helps us connect past experience with present action. We use executive functioning when we perform such activities as planning, organizing, strategizing and paying attention to and remembering details.
Pithy and useful overview of one of the issues that touches so many students (identified or not) in our schools. If we did a better job of helping all students and parents learn organizational protocols and tools; school would become a more user friendly place for all.--LouExcerpt:What Are Some Strategies to Help?
There are many effective strategies to help with the problem of executive function challenges. Here are some methods to try:
Managing TimeCreate checklists and “to do” lists, estimating how long tasks will take.Break long assignments into chunks and assign time frames for completing each chunk.Use visual calendars at to keep track of long term assignments, due dates, chores and activities.Use management software such as the Franklin Day Planner, Palm Pilot or Lotus Organizer.Be sure to write the due date on top of each assignment.
Managing Space and MaterialsOrganize work space.Minimize clutter.Consider having separate work areas with complete sets of supplies for different activities.Schedule a weekly time to clean and organize the work space.
Managing WorkMake a checklist for getting through assignments. For example, a student’s checklist could include such items as: get out pencil and paper; put name on paper; put due date on paper; read directions; etc.Meet with a teacher or supervisor on a regular basis to review work; troubleshoot problems.