The Foundation of Almost Everything
Welcome to Executive Function: The Foundation of Almost Everything. Many of the academic and behavioral challenges that students demonstrate in the classroom can be traced to lagging development of executive function.
This course provides a look at eight executive functioning skills: working memory, impulse control, emotion control, cognitive flexibility, self-monitoring, organization, planning and prioritizing, and task initiation. Each section explores the difficulties experienced by someone with a deficit in that skill then provides accommodations to support these students and strategies to help build the skills.
Robi Alstrom is an educational consultant and literacy specialist with ESSDACK who has experience at many levels of education. In addition to teaching both general education and special education at the secondary level, she has also taught English and psychology for community colleges. Furthermore, she has had the unique experience of serving as a reading interventionist for students in sixth through twelfth grades. Robi is passionate about brain science and how it guides our teaching practices.