Saturday, 3 January 2015

Children and self-control

Are you familiar with The Marshmallow Test? We watched the video below during one of our ZGUČAN psychology classes and here's what it's about: a child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. It's an experiment on self control and it does get you thinking. Do we sometimes expect more from children than we are capable ourselves? How long would you have lasted? 

By the way, according to Wikipedia, "in follow-up studies, (they) found unexpected correlations between the results of the marshmallow test and the success of the children many years later." Hence, encouraging self-control in your classroom is important. I'm sharing two articles on the topic that I found useful - not too vague or theoretical: Teaching self-control: Evidence-based tips and 

I start (again) on Monday! :)

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