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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Executive Function (EF)
Function (EF) Skills. We all want 'em, but who's got 'em? How
did we grow them? And how can we shared them with our
organizationally challenged gifted kids?? Join the Hoagies' Gifted
Blog Hop team for lots of great ideas, whether your gifted child is
a preschooler or a post-schooler (a.k.a. adult). You can always
improve Executive Function Skills!
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Executive Functioning - The Struggle is Real by
Covington Latin School
- Because it is a learned and acquired skill, students who struggle with
EF skills can get on track with strategies that make sense to them. The
caveat is that it is not a one size fits all approach. From my years in
education, I know that kids learn differently, and what works for one won't
work for all. My advice is to first figure out what kind of learning style
the student has. Is he or she a visual learner? Auditory learner?
Kinesthetic learner? All of these influences can affect which strategy you
Executive Functioning Activities for Young Children by Colleen on
Raising Lifelong Learners
- What is Executive Function? The official definition of executive functions
is that they are a set of processes that have to do with managing oneself
and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for
the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and
To help your child develop proper executive function skills you must be
willing to allow your child to fail...
to Engage Strong Executive Skills in Gifted Learners by
The Grayson School
- The good news for gifted students battling attention, mood, or impulse
issues — which can be governed by EF— is that it is possible to manage and
ameliorate EF weaknesses. Research shows that we can improve the area of the
brain responsible for executive functioning with early interventions and
strategies. Even by practicing breathing exercises and balancing games, it’s
possible to develop these cognitive abilities and apply them to all aspects
of your life.
Doors and Other Executive Difficulties by Heather, The Fringy
- Our gifted children experience asynchronistic development. Certain
habits and skills may lag behind as other skills develop. The 501 thoughts
rushing through a gifted child’s mind can interfere with what we’d think
would be common sense thoughts or behaviors. These thoughts can distract our
gifted kids. Their imaginational intensity can create internal fantasy
worlds that are far more brilliant and amazing than daily life and their
creativity can interfere with day to day functioning. They might get so
caught up in the internal stories they are telling that they forget to bring
their flute to a band lesson or their script to a rehearsal or shut the
So, what to do?...
I Even Begin? by
- But how do you stay motivated when there seem to be so many things in the
world that need to be fixed?
Especially when, as intense individuals, you may be easily overwhelmed. If
you are a big picture thinker, it may be a challenge to channel the
executive skills involved in prioritizing, planning and executing the little
details that are required to make lasting change.
Here are some things I have found helpful...
Why Do We All Need To Know More About Executive Functions? by
- The relationship between giftedness and executive functioning is an
interesting one. Some studies have shown that math abilities correlate
significantly with executive functioning with some variances. Other studies
find a correlation between executive functioning and achievement. In gifted
education we know that cognitive abilities do not guarantee academic
achievement and underachieving gifted students-could this be related to
struggles with executive functions in some cases? Joseph Renzulli speaks to
the necessity of talent and cognitive development going hand in hand with
what he calls the "character strengths" of executive functions. These are
developed through addressing novel situations that require children to draw
on and develop these skills for success. But what does this look like in
Executive Function & Academic Achievement by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- “Executive Function” is a relatively new term in educational psychology,
finding its origin in studies in the 1980s concerning attention, cognitive
control, and regulation/ or management of cognitive and emotional processes.
How does it develop? It is thought that...
Skills and How They Translate to Professional Strengths by
Nicole LaChance, Institute for
- Executive skills are those cognitive abilities and habits that allow us to
be organized, to plan and implement action. They are essential to being
productive and to completing goals and projects. We learn these very early
on, from rote (A-B- C’s and colors) helping us to strengthen our memory, to
learning to play well with others in the proverbial sandbox. But what do
these skills have to do with our success later in life?
Foundation for Executive Function by Jessie,
- Few of us are fortunate enough to "do what we love" as a full-time job, as
many privileged people unthinkingly advise. Someone's got to do the
not-so-fun work! But to the extent that we as children or adults can fit
meaningful projects, freely chosen, into our lives, it can help us get our
executive muscles into shape. If we rarely have the freedom to pursue things
that truly motivate us to excel—if we lack agency—then it's no wonder that
the executive skills that enable excellence begin to wear away...
I’m afraid of becoming a hoarder by Jen Campbell,
- I know that I struggle with executive functioning skills. The Cerebral
Executive Officer that runs my brain can be pretty incompetent. Her job is
to put order to chaos, prioritize my competing priorities, and make sure
that stuff gets done… especially the jobs that no one wants to do like
cleaning my bathroom...
Why Don't Smart Kids Act Smart? by
Planet Smarty Pants
I've spent many hours volunteering in my daughter school and saw that many
bright kids are not exactly bored, but they are certainly "scattered". They
have problems with planning their time and initiating tasks, sustaining
attention and persisting with difficult tasks. So can we do something to
help our children develop their executive skills?
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June 01, 2019