One issue which gets neglected is just how much we know about learning from the business of teaching children. How children learn and behave is the subject of an excellent feature in the current issue Scientific American Mind. So what are the three power points to remember?
Research by psychologist Walter Mischel tells us children who learn to defer gratification end up as more successful adults; Working on helping children to exercise their self control.
Mindful exercises like breathing exercises can help children control moods and brain training programmes can reduce the production of stress chemicals like cortisol.
Thinking about thinking or "metacognition" gives kids better control in how they think and feel. This can enhance learning.
The debate about education often focuses on the advanced academic curriculum but what we can call the "cognitive curriculum" is equally important. The neuroscience behind how children learn and develop excellently captured in this article is worth knowing for parents and practitioners a like.
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