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Executive Functioning

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.

Executive Functioning Skills

INITIATING ACTION
Begins work with little or no prompting

FLEXIBLE THINKING
Occupies free time well and can analyze a situation from multiple perspectives

SUSTAINING ATTENTION
Can adequately block distractions to optimize ability to comprehend

ORGANIZATION
Consistently submits work on time and keeps personal belongings organized

PLANNING
Can organize time effectively and coordinate multistep projects

WORKING MEMORY
Is able to retain information long enough to apply it to new learning challenges

SELF-AWARENESS
Exhibits "appropriate" behaviour on a regular basis

REGULATING EMOTION
Can control emotional impulses and handle minor disappointments

The Brain Explained: Why Executive Functioning Matters

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