Date
19 February 2019

Provide options for executive functions

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Enable action and expression ’

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Overview

Overview

An introduction to guideline "Provide options for executive functions".

The video focusses on digital tools to support planning, goal setting, and managing of time.

Guide goal setting

Guide goal setting

Provide students with strategies to break down goals and determine the steps needed to achieve their goals.

Explore practical UDL strategies in the Goalbook toolkit.

Support self management

Support self management

Over time, introduce students to a range of tools and approaches to help them organise themselves.

Consistently build them into your learning environment.

  • Use charts, visual calendars, colour coded schedules, visible timers, and cues to increase the predictability of regular activities and transitions.
  • Encourage students to use their mobile devices to schedule alerts and reminders for regular and novel events and task deadlines.
  • Offer stickies to remind students of tasks or what to do next.
  • Teach mnemonics to prompt memory and the retrieval of important concepts or approaches they can use.
  • Model and make available graphic organisers and flow charts to support planning and thinking in all curriculum areas.
  • Break tasks and lengthy assignments into small manageable parts. Schedule workflow using tools such as Trello to organise what needs to be done and when.
  • Provide options so that students can submit work online.

Reflection questions

Reflection questions

 
  • How will I support students to set reasonable learning goals to extend themselves (for example, prompts, scaffold efforts, model examples of process and product, checklists)?
  • What tools do the students need to reach their goals (for example, embed prompts to stop and think, show and explain work, portfolio review, checklists, templates)?
  • How will I support students to organise information (for example, graphic organisers and templates, prompts for categorizing, checklists)?
  • What tools will I provide to support student thinking (for example, concept maps, apps, graphic organisers)?
  • How will I provide explicit, informative, and timely feedback that supports learners in monitoring their progress and guiding their efforts (for example, questions, progress reporting/documenting, rubrics)?

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Seven ideas for student reflection

Publisher: 4 O'Clock Faculty

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File

7 Things to remember about feedback

Publisher: ASCD

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Website

Three brain-based teaching strategies to build executive function in students

Read time: 10 min

Publisher: Edutopia

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Next steps

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