Supporting Executive Function

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Research at Harvard University (2/2011) describes how children are not born with proficient abilities to stay focused, multi-task and follow directions. Rather, they have the potential to develop capabilities given experiences during infancy, early childhood and all through adolescence.

 

Each of us are born with a set of genes past down to us from our parents. During our first years of life environmental experiences molds our capacity to build our executive functioning attributes and foundations. Young learners utilize emerging executive function aptitudes to read and write, solve math problems, engage in classroom projects and class discussions, and to participate in group play with other children. EF skills are vital for young learners development of social skills and the foundations of cognitive growth. It is therefore vital that educators set-up a framework  that enables the growth of EF skills in their classroom. 

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