Why does self-control matter?
There are two important types of self-control for students. Intrapersonal self-control allows them to align today's behaviors with tomorrow's goals. Interpersonal self-control allows them to maintain their temper, hold back from interrupting, and respond to others in ways that are socially appropriate.
What does self-control look like?
Students who demonstrate self-control might
- come to class prepared
- resist procrastinating
- recognize and label their emotions
- respond thoughtfully when criticized or otherwise provoked
- actively listen to others
Teacher who demonstrate self-control might
- commit to a schedule for grading assignments and dependably follow through
- respond to a disruptive student thoughtfully rather than reflexively
- model the behaviors they want to see in students consistently throughout the school day
Teach self-control in the classroom
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Resources about self-control
Research articles about self-control
The science and practice of self-control Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(5), 715–718. Duckworth, A. L. & Seligman, M. (2017). Self-talk as a regulatory mechanism: How you do it matters Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(2), 304–324. Kross, E., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., Park, J., Burson, A., Dougherty, A., Shablack, H., … Ayduk, O. (2014). The power of prospection: Mental contrasting and behavior change Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 591‐604. Oettingen, G., & Reininger, K. M. (2016).