Reaching for Joy in Math Learning: Embracing Executive Function Processes and Strategic Instruction for Students who Struggle

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Math problem solving can be difficult, especially for students with attentional weaknesses, executive function weaknesses and/or learning disabilities. Yet the Common Core math standards are placing higher demands on our students than ever before, adding stress and reducing the joy of learning. This session will explore important executive function processes as they pertain specifically to math. Through this lens, we will discuss ways that teachers can integrate strategy instruction into the curriculum and establish regular teaching practices to support their students’ executive skills including, cognitive flexibility, memory, planning and organization,  and self-monitoring. Using these approaches will increase student motivation, build confidence, and create more successful math learners.