Many bright and capable students don't succeed like they should because of deficits in their executive skills, such as task initiation. By the time these students are in high school, these skills can be so insufficient to meet school demands that it can take many months or years to help them get where they need to be. Starting early is key
to helping these students succeed and that is why I have started this series on executive functions.
This interactive lesson on strengthening task initiation skills and avoiding procrastination takes it down to an elementary level in ways that are useful and accessible to them. This lesson explains with engaging visuals just why procrastination is so harmful, and gives tips on tackling three main reasons why we procrastinate.
Each lesson in this executive function series includes a mini intro PowerPoint to explain executive functions. It is the same intro for each lesson, so if you have purchased another lesson from this series it won't be necessary to start with it.
Overview of Procrastination PowerPoint :
• Begins by explaining what procrastination is and how it negatively affects people with visuals and interactive portions and a game. This part helps students understand why avoiding procrastination matters.
• The next section introduces three big reasons why people might procrastinate in kid-friendly terms:
(1)It's Too Big
-A student is overwhelmed by how big a task is and doesn't know where to start.
(2)It's Too Hard
-A student doesn't know how to do a task.
(3)It's Too Boring
-A student would rather be doing something else.
• Students then learn tips and tricks to get started for each of these problems including breaking a big task into smaller parts, beginning with the easy part first, asking for help, working for a set amount of time with scheduled breaks, and using cues and incentives if necessary.
• Ends with interactive portion where students answer questions to help tackle procrastination problems.
Note to Teachers:
This runs a little long and may need to be split into two sessions, especially with the younger kids.
More in this series:
Planning & Organizing PowerPoint Bundle