Students with Weak Executive Functioning are Often Mislabeled
What are the Common Symptoms?
- record assignments
- organize their materials
- turn in their homework
- pull out the salient information
- focus in class
- employ meta-cognitive strategies
How Does the Environment Impact Executive Functions?
Education Struggles to Keep Up
School Don't Always Require Teachers to Use the Same Technology Methods
So what can we do?
- Embrace technology, do the research, train the staff, and define structured guidelines that can help to assure the proper use technology.
- Enforce a consistent plan for communicating and collecting assignments for all teachers.
- Hold teachers accountable to "practice what they preach." They need to be organized, plan projects, and return assignments in a reasonable amount of time.
- Offer students a syllabus at the beginning of each term. If high school, for example, is trying to prep kids for college, why don't they give the students a syllabus at the beginning of each term with all assignments and expectations clearly documented. This would also assure that teachers would get through the course content.
I would love to hear some of your ideas too. Change only comes from awareness and communication.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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