Educator recognizes the impact of executive functioning skills on student learning and can identify strategies that help or hinder executive functions in students.
Demonstrate Understanding of Executive Function is the second micro-credential in the Learning Differences stack.
The full Learning Differences stack includes six micro-credentials:
There are many components to executive function: impulse control, emotional control, planning/prioritizing, flexibility, working memory, self-monitoring, task initiation, and organization. In sum, executive functioning skills are the skills that enable you to take information, make a plan, and follow through with that plan – even in the face of distractions. While all students are born with the capacity to develop strong executive functioning skills, differences of experience or educational opportunities impact how executive function develops. For teachers who work with younger students, this means that it is imperative for them to work with all students to practice and develop executive functioning skills. For teachers of older students, this may mean that they have to explicitly teach and exercise executive functioning skills with students who have a gap in this area.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” for Parts 1 and 2. Through any of a variety of methods (written, scanned, audio, video, and/or multimedia), educator demonstrates an understanding of what executive function is and how it influences learning. You must also effectively reflect on how executive function applies to your instruction.
(200-word limit for each response)
Please provide an insightful reflection that demonstrates your understanding of both the impacts of executive functions on learning and the teaching strategies that may support or hinder learners with various executive functioning skills. Please submit one or more artifacts (such as links to writing, scanned documents, images, video, audio, or other media) as your reflection.
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