Building a solid foundation for our students extends beyond developing literacy and numeracy skills. We want students to be prepared for their futures, and central to this preparation is the development of Executive Functioning (EF) skills.
The term executive functioning describes a set of cognitive skills that control and regulate certain abilities and behaviours. Research about the brain and learning has shown that executive functioning skills are stronger predictors of future academic achievement and life success than academic achievement alone. Working in conjunction with our Learning Enrichment And Development (LEAD) professionals, LCC has designed a program to help students develop their organizational and learning skills and understand how their brains work. We introduce these skills at the start of high school, during the grade 7 orientation, and continue to focus on developing them throughout the Middle School experience. Our teachers have received specific training related to executive functioning. Parents receive feedback two times per year about their child’s EF skill development in each of his/her subjects.
Begins work with little or no prompting
Occupies free time well and can analyze a situation from multiple perspectives
Can adequately block distractions to optimize ability to comprehend
Consistently submits work on time and keeps personal belongings organized
Can organize time effectively and coordinate multistep projects
Is able to retain information long enough to apply it to new learning challenges
Exhibits "appropriate" behaviour on a regular basis
Can control emotional impulses and handle minor disappointments