Executive Function is a set of three cognitive processes - Working Memory, Inhibitory Control, and Cognitive Flexibility - that work together to allow us to plan, focus, and multitask for the successful completion of day-to-day tasks.
Incorporation activities for executive function in the classroom: Mrs. Baker's Classroom
Clear expectations and routines in a classroom minimize stress levels, and make students more ready to learn.
Our Class Rules
Movement challenges require focus, flexibility in thinking, the ability to monitor and adjust actions, and persistence to achieve goals.
Scaffolded assignments set children up for challenging yet attainable goals which strengthens Executive Function skills.
Things in the sky
Each morning, Mrs. Baker's kindergarten puts their things away and then the class gathers on the carpet. Together, they review the class rules. Afterward,they practice the days of the week. They identify the current day with a yellow marker.
During recess, Mrs. Baker engages the students in physical challenges like the obstacle course she set up today using the play structures and playground toys.
Mrs. Baker scaffolds her lessons. Brainstorming "Things in the sky" activates the students' prior knowledge, introduces concepts, and informs Mrs. Baker about who may need more support as they move forward.