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“My son never brings home his homework!” Sound familiar?

Does your child struggle with creating and attaining time management goals?

I need an IEP goal for Executive Functioning. Or one for working memory. Do you have a goal for self-evaluation? I hear these requests all the time, so here you go. Another post by popular demand! If you are visiting here for the first time, make sure you check out my 500 SDIs post.

That post took forever to do, but it is gets used so I’m happy that it was worth the effort. But as a result of that post, I have heard many times from readers and friends, “Great! Now please do one for an IEP goal bank.” That to me is just such an overwhelming task, I can barely wrap my brain around it. I mean, if you think of all the kids, and all the special needs and challenges….and all the different goal possibilities. It would take months to list them all.

Please make sure that you add in IEP goals for self advocacy–the student needs to be able to recognize and identify their skill deficits and ask for help.

But, recently I was asked if I would come up with a list of IEP goals for Executive Functioning. That is a bit more manageable. It’s a small bite, so I decided to take it. Much like that giant SDIs post which gets revised often, I expect this one to do the same.

More on Executive Functioning:

I don’t know where that school district is, but I am uploading it and providing it in it’s entirety. When I find PDF resources like this, I like to do that, because over time, good content gets pulled from the internet and links get broken. This way, we’ll always have it!

I have organized the IEP Executive Functioning goals by the area that they target. Any goal can be taken from a general phrase to measurable by adding parameters. To do this, you need to know the baselines. In other words–how often is this student doing this skill now? How many times per day or week? How many teacher check-ins or verbal prompts is it taking to get this done? Know what the numbers are now, and choose a reasonable, measurable number for them to achieve. You can’t measure progress without baselines.

Also, since Executive Functioning is so broad, here are some questions for parents and teachers to talk about, to determine what needs to be worked on. One phrase that is often used is: Goal, Plan, Predict, Do, Review. So together someone works with the student to discuss the goal, plan what needs to be done, predict what could go wrong or what supplies/time you’ll need, do the goal and then review the work.

Questions to ask parents

  • What tasks does your child need help with at home?
  • Does your child lose things?
  • How often do you need to explain how to do a task?
  • Does your child have trouble concentrating?
  • Can your child plan ahead for activities?
  • Does your child get upset with change?
  • Does your child often interrupt others?

Questions for teachers

  • Does the student get distracted easily?
  • Does the student have an organized backpack or locker?
  • Can the child fix their own mistakes?
  • Is the child aware of the consequences of their words or actions?
  • Does the student demonstrate incomplete or careless work?
  • Can the student develop plans and strategies?

measurable IEP goals that address Executive Functioning deficits

First, I found these two executive functioning IEP goals online and the suggested monitoring process was the various parts of the WISC. I know that education is becoming very data driven, but I do have concerns about a student being able to do the skills for a test, but not being able to apply it across all environments. Still, here are the two goal suggestions.

Executive Function goals for IEP-WISC

  1. Student will develop the ability to attend to individual tasks and will improve processing speed through the use of timers and cuing utilized with the entire class in the general classroom.
  2. Student will successfully complete 12 or more weeks of a proven cognitive enhancement program that addresses deficits in processing speed, short-term working memory, attention to detail, monitoring, sequencing and organization skills, with instruction, for at least 1 hour per day every week day, to alleviate affects of executive functioning disorder deficits.

Self-Awareness/Self Advocacy goals for an IEP

  1. Given a specific routine for monitoring task success, such as Goal-Plan-Do-Check, student will accurately identify tasks that are easy/difficult for him.
  2. Given a difficult task, student will indicate that it is difficult.
  3. Student will explain why some tasks are easy/difficult for him, help develop management strategies.
  4.  If tasks are difficult, Student will request help.
  5. When he is more capable than the other child, Student will offer help to others.
  6. If student has negative behaviors, debriefing session held at appropriate time and place and student is able to identify his triggers and possible strategies.

Executive Functioning-Organizing goals for an IEP

  1. Given support and visual cues, student will create a system for organizing personal items in his locker/desk/notebook
  2. To tell an organized story, student will place photographs in order and then narrate the sequence of events. Given visual cues and fading adult support, student will select and use a system to organize his assignments and other school work
  3. Given a complex task, student name will organize the task on paper, including the materials needed, the steps to accomplish the task, and a time frame
  4. Using learned strategies and given fading adult support, student will prepare an organized outline before proceeding with writing projects.
    student will improve organization skills for classroom work and homework through specific, repetitive instruction, and use of (list SDIs or supports) and measured by a frequency or %

Executive Functioning-Organizing goals for an IEP

  1. Given training in a self regulatory routine and visual cues and fading adult supports, student will accurately predict how effectively he will accomplish a task. For example, he will accurately predict:
    ~whether or not he will be able to complete a task
    ~how many (of something) he can finish
    ~his grade on tests
    ~how many problems he will be able to complete in a specific time period; etc.
  2. Given a specific work checking routine, student will identify errors in his work without teacher assistance.
    student’s rating of his performance on a 10-point scale will be within one point of the teacher’s rating.
  3. Student will self-initiate editing activities to correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar on all typical classroom assignments in all settings
  4. Student will self-edit his work to correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar on all typical classroom assignments in all settings to eliminate all errors from his work

Problem Solving goals for an IEP-Executive Function:

  1. Given training in and visual reminders of, self regulatory scripts student will manage unexpected events and violations of routine without disrupting classroom activities
  2. Student will use a structured recipe or routine for generating new ideas, or brainstorming to respond successfully to open ended assignments
  3. When faced with changes and/or transitions in activities or environments, student will initiate the new activity after {decreasing number of supports}
  4. Given concrete training, visual supports and fading adult cuing, student will appropriately label flexible and stuck behaviors in himself
  5. Given training and practice with the concept of compromise, and in the presence of visual supports, student will accept and generate compromise solutions to conflicts when working cooperatively with others

IEP goals for personal goal setting/self correction and improvement

  1. Student will participate with teachers and therapists in setting instructional and therapy goals
  2. Given explicit instruction, visual reminders, and fading adult support, student will successfully distinguish target goals (doing well in school, making a friend, learning to read, graduating from school) from interfering goals (playing video games instead of doing homework)
  3. Having failed to achieve a predicted grade on a test, student will create a plan for improving performance for the next test

IEP goals for keeping track of time/planning/time management:

  1. Given a routine, student will indicate what steps or items are needed and the order of the events
  2. Student will learn (after helping to develop) a self regulatory plan for carrying out any multiple step task (completing homework, writing an essay, doing a project) and given practice, visual cues and fading adult supports, will apply the plan independently to new situations
  3. Given a selection of 3 activities for a therapy or instructional session, student will indicate their order, create a plan on paper and stick to the plan
  4. Given a task that he correctly identifies as difficult for him, student will create a plan for accomplishing the task

More IEP goal Ideas:


Author’s note: Editing to fix broken links and republishing in 2017. So yes, you have seen this post before.

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Making Review Time
Fun and Worthwhile


Reviewing for tests can be a dreaded chore for both students and teachers -- but it doesn't have to be. Education World has gathered resources to help tired educators liven up review time for everyone. Students will enjoy these review games, and teachers will see the results in improved test scores.

Learn More About Using Review Games to Reinforce Content

Review Games = Learning + Fun
Reviewing for those inevitable end-of-unit tests doesn't have to be tedious for you and boring for your students. Liven up your review lessons -- or reinforce previously taught skills --with one of the five review lessons below:

  • Friendly Feud -- Adapt the "Family Feud" TV game to reinforce any subject or skill.
  • Tic-Tac-Toe, What Do You Know? -- Students win Xs and Os as they review knowledge and reinforce skills.
  • Around-the-Room Review -- Students ask and answer questions in this fun review game.
  • Will the Winners Lose? -- In this review and reinforcement game, negative scoring means even the winners can lose.
  • My Very-Own-Personal-Private-Whiteboard Review -- Individual whiteboards engage students and stimulate learning.

Reviving Reviews: Refreshing Ideas Students Can't Resist
Is review time a deadly bore for you and your students? Add a little activity to review time and you might be surprised at the fun you have. Games will spice up reviews, revive interest, and ensure retention. This article includes the following five review games:

  • Four-Corner Fun -- Multiple choice review questions are center stage in this fun activity.
  • Round Robin Post-It Review -- This small-group activity is a fun way for students to review new skills.
  • Play Ball -- Students advance the bases as they give correct answers to review questions.
  • Student-Created Study Guides -- Build note-taking and outlining skills as students create study guides for their classmates.
  • "Concentration" Review Game -- Adapt the TV game to review hundreds of skills.

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Each May, students compete in the National Spelling Bee. In most classrooms, however, spelling is a yearlong activity. This Education World archive includes resources for teaching and reviewing spelling words. You'll have students spelling up a s-t-o-r-m!

Quia: The Quintessential Teacher's Helper
Want to motivate students with reviews that are fun and interactive, but you don't have the time or technology background to create online activities? Quia to the rescue! With Quia, teachers can build online games and quizzes with their own content.

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Education World found ten sites that elementary grade teachers should keep in mind when they're looking for a way to engage students' interest while increasing their knowledge or enhancing their skills.

Additional Resource

Popular Games: PowerPoint Templates
In the opening paragraphs of this article, find links to PowerPoint templates you can use to build classroom reviews in popular TV game show formats such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Hollywood Squares, and Weakest Link.

Updated: 03/26/2015


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