Executive Function Strategy Sets

Students, especially those with learning disabilities, including ADHD and dyslexia, benefit significantly when they learn executive function strategies.

Choose from 5 Strategy Sets:

  1. WRITE RIGHT: Strategies for Purposeful Writing
  2. READ TO SUCCEED: Reading Comprehension Strategies
  3. TAKING NOTES: Successful Note-Taking
  4. REMEMBER THIS! Improving Working Memory
  5. TIME TO MANAGE TIME

*For a limited time: each strategy set comes with a bonus lesson!

NOTE: Full access SMARTS educators do not need to purchase strategy sets as they already have access to these materials

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Write Right

activities-tealHelp your students to become more thoughtful, purposeful and effective writers with strategies targeting writing skills.  Witness the evolution in your students’ work  when you facilitate the use of self-checking strategies. Aid them in effectively organizing and promote cognitive flexibility to improve their writing.

With the purchase of this executive function strategy set you will receive the following lessons:

Sorting and Organizing using BOTEC The BOTEC organizational strategy (Brainstorming, Organizing, Topic Sentences, Evidence, Conclusion) helps students to brainstorm, organize and outline their writing before they begin.
Bottom-up vs. Top-down Thinkers Teach students to shift between organizing ideas using a detail-oriented, bottom-up approach and using a big-picture, top-down approach. Help them determine which approach suits them best!
Shifting Perspectives in Writing Students consider the importance of a flexible approach to writing that addresses multiple audiences. Students learn to adapt their tone, writing structure, and approach depending on that audience.
BONUS LESSON: I-SEE a Strategy Students learn to identify which strategies are individualized, systematic, efficient, and effective (I-SEE). Then, they examine their own strategies, refining them to ensure they fit the I-SEE model.

Read to SucceedReadtosucceed

Perfect for summer reading!

Successful reading comprehension asks students to identify the big picture and the supporting details as well as to analyze a text from multiple perspectives.  With this strategy set, you can help your students to actively read for meaning and with a purpose.

With the purchase of this executive function strategy set you will receive the following lessons:

Being Flexible and Shifting Expectations Help students to understand that words possess varied meanings depending on their context.
Skim and Scoop Provide students with a strategy to extract critical information from each paragraph. Help them to see critical trends and patterns in the texts they read.
Purposeful Highlighting Teach students strategies to help them understand the importance of organized note-taking and to determine the difference between relevant and irrelevant information.
BONUS LESSON: What is Cognitive Flexibility? Promote a flexible approach to learning and problem solving.

Taking Notes readicon

Help your students to become more effective note-takers in every subject area!  Begin with re-organizing binders and notebooks and continue with strategies for systematic note-taking from a text or a lesson.

With the purchase of this executive function strategy set you will receive the following lessons:

The 4 C’s Help students learn to re-organize their binders and so they can find their notes quickly and easily as needed.
Using the Triple-Note-Tote Teach students this systematic 3-column note-taking strategy so they can focus on and remember key concepts and relevant details, while ignoring less relevant information.
Note-taking from a Lesson Teach students strategies to help them understand the importance of organized note-taking and to determine the difference between relevant and irrelevant information.
BONUS LESSON: What is Metacognition? Help students develop an awareness of their unique strengths and challenges as learners.

Remember This!Remembering2

This set of lessons will target your students’ use of strategies through visual, verbal, or written associations with information they need to remember.  With practice, this will improve their recall over time and reduce the working memory demands of challenging tasks.

With the purchase of this executive function strategy set you will receive the following lessons:

Why is Memory Important? Help students to understand the difference between working memory, long-term memory and short term memory so that they can recognize the purpose of memory strategies when they study.
Cartoons and As­sociations Provide students with the strategies they need to remember information by making visual, verbal, or written associations.
Crazy Phrases and Stories Teach students how to create silly sentences or stories to help them remember information.
BONUS LESSON: What is Cognitive Flexibility? Promote a flexible approach to learning and problem solving.

 

Time to Manage TimeTime-Teal

Planning time is critically important for helping students to accomplish their goals.  Organizing and prioritizing are the cornerstones of executive function because your students must meet deadlines and organize tasks in order to create the best school-life balance.  Teach this set of strategies to start them off in the right direction!

With the purchase of this executive function strategy set you will receive the following lessons:

CANDO Goals Teach students to set (and achieve!) personal goals that are Clear, Appropriate, Numerical, Doable and with Obstacles considered.
Monthly Planning Help students to create definable goals and objectives to keep themselves motivated and on-track over the course of a long-term project or an extended time-period.
Weekly Planning Help students learn how to break down upcoming assignments across multiple classes into manageable periods of production time.
BONUS LESSON: What is Executive Function? Teach students the important role that executive function plays in their day to day lives.