When you think about teaching children about Executive Functions what comes to mind?
Building children’s attention, planning, previewing, organization, cognitive flexibility, response inhibition, memory or more?
What about the actions you might take to build these skills?
- Do you imagine doing classroom cognitive-motor movement activities like Spotlight to help you “Move with Thought”?
- Do you imagine teaching children about their attention cycle and how to “coach” their brains to recognize when they “Drift”?
- Do you imagine helping children sequence the steps to completing their morning routines?
- Do you imagine having “Cognitive Conversations” about what executive functions are and when students use them?
- Do you imagine bouncing a playground ball to help children encode their spelling words?
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Executive Function Skills Precede learning and Achievement
- Executive functioning may be a better predictor than IQ of school readiness and academic achievement (e.g., Blair & Razza, 2007; Eigsti, Zayas, Mischel, Shoda, Ayduk, Dadlani, et al., 2006).
- Self-control, the ability to recognize and resist cognitive and motor impulses sufficiently to take appropriate action in the moment, can be taught with rhythmic activities and song.
- A child’s executive functioning skills in kindergarten predict reading and math achievement into middle school and beyond.
Physical Activity Improves Executive Function Skills & Learning
- Research suggests coordinative motor activity paired with increasingly complex cognitive demands may improve attention, on-task behavior, self-control, and memory.
- The ability to match a motor movement beat has differentiated both children who have ADHD and child who have phonological or grammar challenges from skilled peers.
- Motor movement tasks that require a child to pause, wait and then respond may teach self-control skills.
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