Executive Function Coaching is built into daily life at Greenwood School, helping our students learn strategies and techniques for improving focus, organization, and time management.
We are a Certified Landmark College Executive Function Coaching School. Our program focuses on partnering with students to help them author personal strategies and access resources to develop their ability to manage their own lives independently.
Consulting with Greenwood is Dr. Peg Dawson, psychologist and author of Smart But Scattered Teens. Collaborating with the Support Services department, Peg's input is ensuring continued growth in our executive skills building program.
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Despite strong effort, some students just can't seem to get it all together. They have difficulty moving from one activity to another. They set a goal, but have difficulty accomplishing it because they struggle to plan and organize, are slow to get started, get distracted, are impulsive, or don't do a good job monitoring their performance. These are all examples of what is known as “Executive Dysfunction.”
The Greenwood Approach
Most of the Greenwood teachers and residential staff are trained in Executive Function Coaching, and engage with students throughout the day. Each student meets with his Advisor 3 days a week. Although these sessions address the student's particular needs at any given time, a frequent focus is strategies for organization, time management and priority setting. Classroom teachers use scaffolding to support student learning. Study Hall Proctors help students achieve independence in understanding their assignments, maintaining focus and turning in work.
Bouldering, or equipment-free rock climbing, is one example of how students can work on their executive function skills while having fun. A successful ascent requires problem solving while planning out precise sequential movements to reach the top.
Playing chess against the clock helps students recognize algebraic patterns while improving problem solving and overall executive function skills.