In the post, we describe how young children need to learn self-regulation early in life as it better enables them to access knowledge and practice learning skills. With self-regulation, young children can control their ability to:
- Pay attention
- Resist distractions
- Develop social emotional skills, and
- Begin to develop a clear intent about what they want to achieve.
Children who were coached to use cognitive strategies that allowed them to focus on something other than the marshmallow were more successful at earning the second marshmallow. Those who succeeded in the challenge were found to have achieved better academic success, as measured by SAT scores, later in life.
We invite you to read the entire post at the Education Week blog.