We are focusing on the macro skills for this post– wait till you see how many skills we expect our young people to integrate!
Effective writing requires accessing, monitoring, regulating and synchronising micro and macro structures.
|Executive Functioning Skill||Relationship to Writing|
|Focus||- Being able to focus on ideas as they come
- Sustaining levels of attention and effort with regard to the physical act of writing
- Not giving up when frustrated
|Metacognition||-Thinking about one's ideas and how best to express them through writing.
- Revising and editing work
|Organisation||- Presenting ideas in logical order
- Prioritising information.
- Transitioning between ideas
- Identifying main ideas and supporting details
- Following the multiple stages of writing (prewriting, drafting, revisions, editing, publising)
|Planning||- Brainstorming and outlining ideas (pre-writing)
- Thinking ahead about audience, purpose and clarity of ideas.
- Self - evaluating one's product
|Task Initiation||- Being able to get ideas down on paper with little hesitation or self doubt
- Brainstorming and writing ideas to keep from getting stuck
|Time Management||- Using time effectively to organise ideas and generate a product.
- Gauging the amount of time needed to produce a response for a test/quiz question or prompt
|Working Memory||- Keeping multiple ideas in mind at once
- Being aware of sentence flow
- Recalling spelling and grammar rules
|Flexibility||- Being able to shift things around in writing to make revisions
- Understanding that writing is a recursive process and we need to revisit and modify previous work