Executive Function and Stress Reduction: Flexible Thinking Strategies for Getting Unstuck
When students get stuck and their thinking becomes rigid, their ability to execute tasks decreases or comes to a halt. They may become rigid and may avoid or easily give up even on simple assignments. In this training, attendees will learn about the importance of cognitive flexibility, one of the cornerstones of executive function, and its critical role in school performance, growth mindsets, and reduced stress in school and life. We will also discuss the connections between students’ cognitive flexibility and their self-concept, persistence, and resilience. Most importantly, we will focus on evidence -based strategies for promoting students’ cognitive flexibility so that they learn to shift and think flexibly in academic and social situations.