No matter what subject or topic an educator is teaching, sometimes the best way we can approach an instructional challenge is by taking a step back to look at the big picture of learning. In order to learn skills such as sentence fluency or multiplication, students need to develop the brain functions that will first enable them to focus on tasks and retain information.

For the past several years my district has emphasized the importance of helping students improve a set of thinking skills known as executive function skills. These functions are a set of cognitive processes, such as focus, memory...

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  • About the Author:

    Malinda Mikesell has served as the Reading Supervisor for the Carlisle Area School District for the past seven years. She has attended numerous conferences to learn about brain functions and the learning process in today’s classroom.