Promoting Student Self-management Through the Use of Executive Functions
This half-day workshop will introduce the concept of executive functions to participants. Participants will gain general information about executive functions and become familiar with the definitions of the eight main executive functions. They will learn how executive functions help us in day to day situations to set goals, make decisions, solve problems and manage our own thinking and behaviour, in order to be self-managing and self-regulating. Participants will be able to recognise strengths and weaknesses in executive functions and learn how to support students to develop and strengthen their executive functions. They will look at the similarities between executive functions and the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum and how they are used in relation to the 3R’s.
Janet Stowell is an experienced teacher with school leadership as an assistant principal, SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), teaching principal and RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour). She is primary trained, teaching all levels from new entrants to Y8. As an RTLB she works with teachers and students in Y0–10. Janet has a Master of Specialist Teaching in Learning and Behaviour where she focused on a professional inquiry into executive functions. Janet is currently the Learning Lead RTLB for a Waikato cluster.