The marshmallow experiment is a famous test of self control conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University and discussed by Daniel Goleman in his popular work, Emotional Intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ. In the 1960s, four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
This experiment is circulating again with self-regulation and self-control being some of the hottest topics in parenting and educational circles. Here is one teacher’s take on the why the marshmallow test is still relevant. Today, the talk is not only about marshmallows and 4 years olds, but concerning young adults and the distracting influence of technology.
Ever think about how a message is shared can touch and motivate, frustrate or simply bore you to tears? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a complex issue which many people dread addressing. I have found information about FASD enlightening and encouraging, often scary and complicated, sometimes tedious and frustrating. I am passionate about spreading a message of protection but I also fear passing judgement on mothers or people living with FASD. How can we speak about something so important yet so delicate? Perhaps through the arts where the empathy and caring can be conveyed alongside a powerful message.
This amazing video, created by the Bissell Centre in Edmonton, touches on many aspects of FASD with compassion, determination and hope. It makes me cry every time I watch it because it says what needs to be said without judgement. Hip-hop does that for a lot of topics.
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Check out this You Tube clip by Sir Ken Robinson. He is amazing! This You Tube clip may change the way you look at your children, maybe all children. It will definitely make you think differently about schooling. As educators, we are very interested in Sir Ken Robinson’s work.