Brain Development and School: Practical Classroom Strategies to Help Pupils Develop Executive Function, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Brain Development and School

Practical Classroom Strategies to Help Pupils Develop Executive Function, 1st Edition

By Pat Guy


116 pages

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Paperback: 9781138494916
pub: 2018-09-04
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Brain Development and School offers a range of practical classroom strategies to help pupils develop their executive function. Packed with useful tips that are grounded in theory, it examines how to support aspects of children’s executive functioning that can affect their school life; including self-control, memory, metacognition, organisation, motivation, self-regulation and focus.

Relevant for pupils in the primary and secondary school, the book focuses on ways of improving children’s emotional and intellectual development. It includes:

  • Discussion of what executive functioning is and the different factors that might affect a child’s executive functioning
  • Ways that executive functioning weaknesses show themselves in school
  • Support strategies for teachers and advice for pupils to improve specific areas of executive functioning
  • Manageable solutions and modifications that can be applied within the mainstream classroom
  • A self-assessment questionnaire that can be used as a starting point for discussion with pupils

This book will be beneficial to all teachers, school leaders and SENCOs looking to support their pupils by identifying and understanding the root causes of their behaviour. It recognises the important role that schools play in pupils’ neurological development and suggests ways for schools to provide more personalised, differentiated support for individual pupils.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. What is Executive Functioning?

Chapter 2. Who is at risk and why

Chapter 3. Action: an individual’s ability to monitor and regulate their activity

Chapter 4. Activation: the organisation of tasks

Chapter 5. Effort: the pupil’s ability to regulate and sustain their effort and motivation

Chapter 6. Emotion: managing frustration and modulating feelings

Chapter 7. Focus: finding, sustaining, and shifting attention as required

Chapter 8. Memory: using working memory and accessing recall

Chapter 9. Child development: formal learning, play, risk taking and physical exercise

Chapter 10. Self-assessment questionnaire

About the Author

Pat Guy teaches in Eton College’s Learning Centre, UK, and is a Specialist Member sitting on SENDIST Tribunals at HM Courts. She is the author of Keeping Minds Happy and Healthy and Transforming Reading Skills in the Secondary School with Routledge.

About the Series

nasen spotlight

The nasen spotlight series provides practical guidance and tried-and-tested resources for all schools and professionals involved in supporting Special Educational Needs. Written by leading experts and covering a wide range of important issues relating to SEN, the books include accessible explanations and examples of best practice, as well as tools and techniques that you can use to improve provision in school. Several new books are published each year to reflect your changing professional needs, and the whole series is brought to you by nasen, the leading organisation representing SEN professionals.

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