Mind in the Making: Skill #1
Skill #1 – Focus and Self Control. Cognitive Flexibility: is at work when you understand a problem from your own and another’s differing points of view (perspective) – being able to flexibly switch perspectives or the focus of attention, and flexibly adjust to changed demands or priorities. (P.18) Action 2: Weave these skills (focus and self-control) into everyday activities in fun and playful ways – no drills, “teaching” or expensive games or toys needed. (P.42) This is a Mini-Message by Dr. Darlene Clemens, summarizing one topic from Mind in the Making, by Ellen Galinksy. With permission of Ms. Galinsky to Dr. Clemens, and of Dr. Clemens to Mark Baumann.
Chapter 1 – Focus and Self Control. FOCUS: is being able to position attention in the right direction to achieve what one wants to achieve – being able to concentrate – for long periods of time – ignore distractions. (p.16) Many kids feel rushed, overscheduled and stressed. (p. 13) Children need this skill in order to achieve their goals, especially in a world that is filled with distractions and information overload. It involves paying attention, remembering the rules, thinking flexibly, and exercising self control. It may be as important as IQ. This is a Mini-Message by Dr. Darlene Clemens, summarizing one topic from Mind in the Making, by Ellen Galinksy. With permission of Ms. Galinsky to Dr. Clemens, and of Dr. Clemens to Mark Baumann.