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Executive Functions for Every Classroom, Grades 3-12

Executive Functions for Every Classroom, Grades 3-12
Creating Safe and Predictable Learning Environments

Foreword by Patrice Bain

January 2024 | 216 pages | Corwin

Empower the next generation with the executive function skills they need to succeed

Every educator wants to know: What has the greatest impact on student success? The answer: executive function skills. They are crucial for students' academic success and personal growth, yet many of our students lack the skills required to engage in learning, such as organization, planning, time management, and self-regulation.

This book shows how educators can create a more engaging and effective learning experience while addressing the epidemic of disengagement and executive dysfunction. With practical guidance to make the skills "stick" for students, this vital resource also provides:

  • Three keys to teaching executive functions: Clarity, Modeling, and Routine
  • An explanation of the specific executive functioning skills essential for student success
  • Strategies for students to practice executive functions within the context of what they are learning
  • Practical guidance for establishing a consistent and safe learning environment
  • Guidance on how to expose all students to this universal MTSS/RTI Tier 1 intervention

Educators can empower students to take more risks, improve their academic performance, and prepare them for the future with the help of this innovative resource.

Lost in the Wilderness

Navigating With Executive Functioning Skills

The Two Challenges With Teaching Executive Functions

Why Predictable Learning Routines?

Three Keys to Teaching Executive Functions

Chapter 1. Executive Dysfunction and Disengagement
Struggling With "Studentness"

We Can't Afford Executive Dysfunction Any Longer

Chapter 1 Reflection Questions

Chapter 2. Teaching Executive Functions
What are Executive Functioning Skills?

The Benefits

Clarity, Routine, & Modeling

Self-Regulation Through a Daily Routine


Chapter 2 Reflection Questions

Chapter 3. Working Memory: Beginning Routine
Designing a Beginning Routine

Why the Old Beginning Routine Doesn't Work

Strategies to Make Your Beginning Routine Better

Beginning Routine Example

Adjustments and Considerations

Self-Regulation Through the Beginning Routine


Chapter 3 Reflection Questions

Chapter 4. Working Memory: The Concluding Routine
How to Receive Authentic Feedback

Designing Your Concluding Routine

Why the Old Concluding Routine Doesn't Work

Strategies to Make Your Concluding Routine Better

Concluding Routine Example

Adjustments and Considerations

I Dare You to Try It

Self-Regulation Through the Concluding Routine


Chapter 4 Reflection Questions

Chapter 5. Time & Task Management: The Agenda
Developing Time & Task Management Skills

Why the Old Agenda Doesn’t Work

Strategies to Make Your Agenda Better

Agenda Template

Adjustments and Considerations

Self-Regulation Through Agendas


Chapter 5 Reflection Questions

Chapter 6. Organization: Tables of Contents and Academic Toolkits
What is a Table of Contents?

Why the Old Table of Contents Doesn’t Work

Strategies to Make Your Table of Contents Better

Table of Contents Example

Adjustments and Considerations

Academic Toolkits

Academic Toolkit Example

Self-Regulation Through Tables of Contents and Academic Toolkits


Chapter 6 Reflection Questions

Chapter 7. Accountability: Portfolio Checks
Accountability Starts With Expectations

Accountability Through Portfolio Checks

Designing Your Portfolio Check

Portfolio Check Example

Adjustments and Considerations

Self-Regulation Through Portfolio Checks


Chapter 7 Reflection Questions

Chapter 8. Goal Setting
Why the Old Goal Setting Doesn’t Work

Strategies to Make Goal Setting Better

Goal Setting Example

Adjustments and Considerations

Self-Regulation Through Goal-Setting


Chapter 8 Reflection Questions

Chapter 9. Conclusion

Self-Efficacy and Internal Motivation

Tenacity (Formerly Known as Grit)

Executive Functions as Transferable Skills

Content Area Gains

Family Engagement

Signing Off

Appendix: Effect Size

"In Executive Functions for Every Classroom, Mitch Weathers brilliantly breaks down what executive functions are, why they are critical to our students' success, and how to teach them in any setting. With this book, our students will achieve in school, and in life. There is wisdom on every page!"

Alex Kajitani
Speaker, Author, and California Teacher of the Year; Top-4 Finalist, National Teacher of the Year

Executive Function for Every Student by Mitch Weathers is an indispensable and powerful guide that addresses the critical issue of disengagement and dysfunction in students and offers practical solutions to foster self-regulation and academic success. Weathers systematically breaks down the challenges students face each day, while providing insightful strategies, real-life examples, and actionable advice to help educators and parents empower students with essential executive functioning skills. With a deep understanding of the hurdles students encounter and a wealth of resources for improvement, this book equips readers with the tools necessary to cultivate executive functions in students, ultimately transforming their educational experience and setting them on a path to outstanding achievement."

Joshua Stamper
Author, Podcaster, and Training and Development Specialist for the Teach Better Team

"Written with empathy for both teachers and students, this book is a must-read for all educators! Practical strategies based on solid research equip teachers with exactly what they need to help students boost their executive functioning, perhaps the most important life skill today." 

Julie Stern
Four-time Bestselling Author and Founder of

"We've needed a book like this for a long time. If students are without executive functioning skills, almost nothing else that we do matters. I recommend that this book becomes a prerequisite in every teacher and school leader prep program available."

T.J. Vari, PhD
Co-Founder of The Schoolhouse 302, Author, School Leader, and book nerd

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