Metacognition and Executive Function: Empowering Students across the Grades to Become Independent, Resilient Learners
Presented by: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. and Suellen Inwood, M.A.
Over the past three years, the pandemic has created new challenges for teachers and has highlighted the importance of teaching executive function strategies at all grade-levels. Students who understand their strengths and challenges and who learn to set goals, organize, prioritize, think flexibly, and self-monitor, are more motivated and are able to become independent learners. Metacognition, when integrated with executive function strategies, promotes academic success and lays the foundation for improved school performance, growth mindsets, reduced stress, and increased resilience.
This presentation will provide an overview of executive function and metacognition and will focus on the what, why, how of teaching executive function across the grades and content areas. Attendees will learn practical strategies for promoting students’ self-understanding and use of executive function strategies and for reducing stress in the classroom. Presenters will also address techniques for assessing students’ use of EF strategies and for integrating these components into student rubrics and report card systems.
Throughout, we will focus on the connections between students’ use of executive function strategies and their motivation, self-confidence, persistence, and resilience across the grades and content areas.
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