Executive functioning is something we are asked about quite often. Many teachers will refer to executive functioning when discussing a child's ability to organize, plan, and focus.
What are the executive functions?
Executive functions are the skills that we use to organize and act on information. It is quite remarkable to note the number of skills that are used throughout learning with automaticity. These skills are constantly being utilized, combined, and flexed There are eight components of executive function that work together to process and make meaning of information that is learned. Each of those components are broken down into categories.
-Mental energy controls
2. Temporal-Sequential Ordering
-Higher sequential thinking
3. Spatial Ordering
-Higher order spatial thinking
-Short term memory
-Long term memory
6. Neuromotor Function
-Gross motor function
-Fine motor function
7. Social Cognition
8. Higher Order Cognition
-Reasoning and logical thinking
Mel Levine writes extensively about these constructs and how they work together while learning. Over the next few weeks look out for tips and strategies for supporting learners with the components that make up executive functioning.