Executive Functioning is a Superpower

This session defines Executive Functioning and demonstrates actionable strategies to include in daily pedagogies to enhance student performance across age groups and disciplines. Dr. Thomas E. Brown argues there are six categories of Executive Functioning: “activation, focus, effort, emotional-regulation, memory, and action.” Beginning the year, unit of study, or day by setting small, achievable goals helps students to reverse engineer and visualize what success looks like. Pausing and making space for intentional reflection often feels like “there isn’t enough time,” but it’s time worth spending as students take a conscious look at their goals and metacognitively reflect on what they should be doing to accomplish them. The Pandemic brought unforeseen tragedy of historical proportions often leaving students and educators in survival mode. When an individual experiences an amygdala hijack caused by stress or trauma, their executive functioning processes in the brain are inhibited, often building the anxiety before approaching the learning. Through mindful habit cultivation, students build foundational skills while progressing through Brown’s stages of Executive Functioning development that serve them for a lifetime.
This session is:

– Transdisciplinary
– Scaffolded
– Builds lifelong organizational habits
– Demonstrates how students can self-monitor and self-direct
– Encourages metacognitive reflection

Join Gabriela Deambrosio and Alicia Piselli, Executive Functioning Coaches at Frankenberger Associates, to learn more about how to incorporate simple, yet powerful Executive Functioning strategies in your educational setting.