Executive Functioning

An emphasis on developing and strengthening students’ executive functioning skills is another key component of the Cottonwood Day School program. Executive function is defined as a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. These mental processes are used to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. If a student’s executive functioning skills are compromised, tasks such as organizing homework, time management, multi-tasking, recalling past information and asking for help can all be impacted, further complicating a student’s ability to perform successfully. We devote time throughout the day to work on strengthening these skills.

What are executive functions?

Emotional Control
Task Initiation
Task Completion
Working Memory
Planning
Prioritizing
Processing Speed
Organization
Attention
Self-Monitoring
Impulse Control
Cognitive Flexibility
Foresight
Hindsight
Self-Talk
Problem Solving
Persistence
Shift

Executive Functioning
Some people describe executive function as “the CEO of the brain.” That’s because these skills allow us to set goals, plan and get things done. When kids struggle with executive skills, it impacts them in school and in everyday life.