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Executive Functioning with Sue Southey

Date Wed 2 May 2018
Time 4:00 PM
Venue TBC Gympie (Gympie)
Format Workshop
Host ECTA Cooloola Regional Group

Executive Functioning: Using everyday activities to build children's thinking skills by Sue Southey
Suitable for before school and Prep teachers and support staff
2 May 4pm coffee for 4:30pm start - 6pm

Executive functioning is a set of neurological processes that allow children to engage in high level thinking skills. These thinking skills support children to be motivated and engaged in learning tasks. These neurological processes include:
 Working memory
 Inhibitory control (self regulation)
 Flexible thinking skills
Recent research indicates that executive functioning abilities are more important for school success than children's general intelligence. Executive functioning does not fully develop without support from caring adults in the child's world. Educators are in a strong position to build children's executive functioning skills by providing learning experiences that are framed around working memory, inhibitory control and flexible thinking skills.
This workshop provides educators with a way to view everyday experiences through the lens of executive functioning. We will examine activities that build working memory, self regulation and flexible thinking skills that are essential in both prior to school and prep aged children. Links will be made to QKLG and the mathematical proficiency strands in the Australian Curriculum.
Sue Southey is Co-director at Springwood Community Kindergarten where she has worked with families and young children since 1980. She works part time teaching and uses her non teaching days to provide training, in-house support and professional development for early childhood educators throughout Australia.
Sue has a Masters in Education, Bachelor of Education Studies and a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood). She has worked as a sessional academic at both QUT and Griffith University. She has consulted with QCAA (formerly QSA), worked for the Department of Education as a distance education teacher in the eKindy programme and as administrative officer in OECEC. Sue is currently working part time at QCAA on the review of QKLG.
Sue has been a State Finalist in the NEiTA Inspirational Teaching Award and has also been awareded the Inspirational Teaching Award from the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland.

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