Which book should I read about executive function?

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  1. Bored of Ed

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    I am already familiar with executive functioning, have taken workshops about it, and seen plenty online. But I'm looking for a book both to learn more practical strategies as well as have something on my shelf with some kind of systematic approach to draw from as-needed. I found a few on Amazon but they don't have many reviews, all are vaguely positive, and it's hard to tell which would be most useful.

    I am NOT a classroom teacher, so while I do appreciate learning how issues can be addressed at the class level, I'm looking for a book that does not focus heavily on classroom teaching. I work individually and in small groups with children grades K-8 during class time, either within their classes or alternating in-class with short resource room sessions. I'm interested in offering private coaching as well, outside of my school work, but at this time I'm focused on the school work.

    Here are some of the Amazon links I was looking at, but I'm open to suggestions.
    Smart but Scattered
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/159385445...colid=XJNH5Y09YGEK&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    Executive Function in the Classroom
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/159857094...olid=2QJQN10PPGZ7Q&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom
    https://www.amazon.com/Promoting-Ex...rd_wg=tiRn8&psc=1&refRID=8852CMWE3VQYVZTQ8E2V
    Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits
    https://www.amazon.com/Coaching-Stu...colid=2QJQN10PPGZ7Q&coliid=I3E2WYF9OB47AP&me=

    Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
     
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    Online, a good source is https://www.understood.org/en/learn...es/understanding-executive-functioning-issues . [Because I'm on my slow connection this morning, I didn't have time to read this particular article, but I've found good stuff on understood.org].

    Several books I'd recommend are

    Eagleman, David. The Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2015 [Written more at the popular level, but an excellent overview of brain functioning].

    Fournier, Ron. Love that Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parent’s Expectations. N.Y.: Harmony Books, 2016 [A memoir that discusses aspects of executive functioning from a parents' viewpoint].

    Grossman, Lt. Col. Dave, Kristine Paulsen, and Katie Miserany. Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing. N.Y.: Little, Brown and Co., 2016 [This book details how excessive video gaming seems to enlarge the lower brain and damage the upper brain. It does have a bit of a hard-sell feel to it but well worth investigating].

    Levine, Mel. A Mind at a Time. NY: Simon and Schuster, 2002 [Highly recommended].

    Miller, Donalyn. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009 [How books can do what no teacher can do alone].

    Pillay, Srini. Tinker Dabble Doodle Try. N.Y.: Ballantine Books, 2017 [How the mind recharges itself].

    Walker, Timothy D. Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms. N.Y.: W. W. Norton & Co., 2017 [Very insightful ideas, many of which include executive functioning].
     
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    Sorry, my slow connection wouldn't let me edit, but I forgot another important resource. Additude magazine, online see additudemag.com
     

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