Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Self Regulation- an Introduction

In order to learn in elementary school and be successful students, children must develop the ability to self-regulate. Self-regulation encompasses not only emotions, physical behavior and social interaction, but includes the ability to monitor and control cognitive processes such as attention. Even though children may know many facts, without self-regulation they will not learn new things efficiently and will have trouble with more advanced content.

What is self-regulation? It includes:

1) the ability to stay on task
2) ignore distractions
3) remember on purpose
4) hold two strategies in mind at the same time
5) the development of self-discipline
6) the motivation to succeed.