SMARTS Executive Functioning Group
Available for: Grades 4-5, Grades 6-7, Grades 8-10
Day/Time: TBD Based on Participant Availability
This psycho-educational group is for students who need support with executive functioning skills. This group follows the SMARTS Executive Functioning Curriculum. Executive function (EF) is a broad term used to describe the complex cognitive processes that are the foundation for flexible, goal-directed behaviors. Key EF processes include shifting flexibly (cognitive flexibility), goal setting, organizing and prioritizing, accessing working memory, as well as self-monitoring and self-checking.
This group is structured into two units of 8 weeks. New members may enroll at the beginning of any unit and continue until both units have been completed. Session fee is $25 per session/$200 for full session. Payment for program is due upon enrollment.
Unit 1 – 8 Weeks (Plans may vary slightly based on needs of the group)
Unit 1 will teach students how to set personalized goals using the CANDO model, create personalized and effective strategies to help achieve those goals, and learn to think flexibly to integrate these strategies and use new approaches to solve problems. The end of the unit will cover time management and organization, teaching students how to prioritize and plan their time wisely to better reach their personal short-term and long-term goals.
Week 1: 1.4 - I-SEE a Strategy
Week 2: 2.1/2.2 – Identifying CANDO Goals and Thinking Through Individual Goals
Week 3: 1.2/3.1/3.2 – What is cognitive flexibility, Being Flexible and Shifting Expectations, and Shifting Perspectives in Writing
Week 4: 3.3/3.4 – Skim and Scoop Strategy and Purposeful Highlighting
Week 5: 4A.1/4A.2 – The 4 C’s Strategy and Understanding Time
Week 6: 4A.3 – Prioritizing Time
Week 7: 4A.4 – Monthly Planning
Week 8: 4A.5 – Weekly Planning
Unit 2 – 8 Weeks (Plans may vary slightly based on needs of the group)
Unit 2 will teach students how to take and organize their notes during lessons and readings, standardized and personalized strategies for note-taking and remembering information, and how to use those notes and strategies to study effectively. Students will also learn about self-monitoring and self-checking; how to reflect on their performance and recognize when they can use these strategies to improve.
Week 1: 4B.1 – Sorting and Organizing using BOTEC
Week 2: 4B.2 – Bottom-up vs. Top-down Thinkers
Week 3: 4B.3 – Note-taking from a Lesson
Week 4: 4B.4/4B.5 – Using the Triple-Note-Tote and Studying with the PPCQ
Week 5: 5.1/5.2 – Why is Memory Important and Using Cartoons and Associations to Remember Information
Week 6: 5.3/5.4 – Using Crazy Phrases and Stories to Remember Information and Creating Strategies for Remembering
Week 7: 6.1/6.2 – What is Self-monitoring and What is Self-checking
Week 8: 6.3 – Top 3 Hits: Creating Personalized Checklists