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# Various Google Products of Benefit to Students with an Executive Function Deficit

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Have you ever had a student who suffers from something called “an executive function deficit?” In other words, a student who struggles to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention and get started on tasks?

More specifically, this is the kind of student who constantly fails to pay attention, is frequently misplacing his/her backpack or items inside it, struggles to remember more than one step of either a math problem or a writing assignment, and always has a messy desk or work area?

This year, one of the first things I did to help my special education students manage their executive functioning deficit is to call upon them to create a Google Doc. Then I worked with them to create, on their Google Doc, an Executive Function Rubric.

For this work, I first shared a Google Doc with the students, entitled Executive Function Rubric and consisting of four columns, the first column listing 11 common executive function skills.

In the second column, I had the students define in their own definitions each of the 11 executive function skills appearing in column one; and then in the third column, I wrote down my own definition for each of these skills.

Finally, in the fourth column, I had my students rate themselves on a scale of 1-4, with a 1 being “low skill” and a 4 being “impressive skill.”

This rubric was a nice way to get my students to think about themselves more as they would if they were being evaluated focusing on the areas where they have strengths and those areas where they have struggles.

After doing the rubric, students were able see where they were currently and could easily pull up this rubric later in the year to see how far they had come in a particular area of executive function based on the lessons and work we did throughout the school year.

From there, I called upon my students to develop a Google Slideshow presentation, with these presentations, which when completed, would be shared with the class. For their Google Slideshow presentation, the students were required to describe, for the class, the three executive functioning skills for which they specifically need support. Students could choose from the executive function skills appearing below:

For my students who struggle with identifying their three areas of need, I sat down with them individually and looked at their rubric to figure out which areas they wanted to focus on.

The students’ slideshow presentation consisted of at least four slides one being an introduction slide which includes their name and the title of their project. The other three slides included the three main executive function skills and details about each. The details they included were definitions they worked on from their rubric, as well as details about what the skills looked like in a student.

After the slideshow presentations were complete, I had each of my students present their slideshows to the class as an understanding of who they were and what skills they had or needed to work on.