Join Matt, Erin, and me as we discuss Executive Functioning Skill challenges our students may be facing during this time of virtual teaching and learning. Executive Functioning Skills are the brain-based skills required for humans to execute or perform tasks (P. Dawson, R. Guare). These skills include, planning, organization, time management, emotional control and many others. Is it any wonder some of our students are having a hard time? We discuss these skills and challenges in some detail and suggest strategies we are using to help support our students. But it seems the discussion has just begun. Please take a listen and send us your ideas and strategies for support. 



Matt Barker

Matt is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer who is a passionate advocate of inclusive practices for diverse learners. He currently works as a High School learning support teacher at International School Bangkok. He is also a workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Matt takes a pragmatic approach to virtual learning and ensures that he harnesses student voice and agency in his online classes. 

Erin Madonna

Currently, Erin is the Upper Primary Learning Support Specialist at Shekou International School where she has been a part of the team developing the school’s inaugural Learning Support program. Next school year, Erin will join International School Bangkok as a K/1 Learning Support and EAL teacher. While online school has presented a steep learning curve, Erin has enjoyed the opportunity to co-create personalized learning experiences for her students.