Thursday, February 21, 2008

Interesting story this morning on NPR about how old-fashioned, unstructured, play time helps child development. The premis is that unstructured play time forces children to talk to themselves and organize thoughts, abilities which will allow them to learn to self-regulate. This is a good thing because self-regulation is a better predictor of success in school than most other metrics, including IQ. The problem recently there has been a push towards structured play and that this type of play limits children's private speach and therefore limits the development of their self regulation. Pretty interesting stuff. For those that want more details, the full story can be found here:


K80 said...

Oh, Andrew! Never would I ever believe that you would be slightly interested in anything near the field of childhood education.

In the car on the way to EHS one day, I remember a discussion about teachers and their lack of appreciation. Like Andrew, you went on rationalizing about why you couldn't be a teacher. Its findings like this that makes childhood education so enlightening!

Andrew said...

I think childhood development, especially in the first few years of life, is quite fascinating. The amount of learning that is ocurring at that time is phenomenal and therefore an understanding of the most effective learning methods is critical.