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200 Executive Function Prompts: The Power of Journaling for Skill Development

Posted In Skills, Teaching On November 9, 2023

The practice of journaling is a powerful tool for skill development, but in more ways than you might think.  One of the most important components of executive function skill development is metacognition, when students gain an awareness of their thoughts, especially as it relates to their feelings and behaviors.  Journaling provides students with a dedicated space to reflect on their experiences and emotions.  By taking the time to introspect, students gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their goals, and their motivations. This self-awareness builds a foundation for evaluating themselves and making informed decisions about how they behave.  When students journal, they begin to find ways to articulate their thoughts more coherently and gain a stronger command of the language necessary to develop executive function skills.  As you work to help students learn new strategies and create new habits for skills like self-control, time-management, sustained focus, and flexible thinking, giving them opportunities to journal will help unlock their potential for growth.  The following journal prompts for eight executive function skills will help you on your way.


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