“Teachers around the world are eager for good tools that will predict school readiness,” says Megan McClelland, associate professor in human development and family sciences who has been working on this issue for more than 10 years. “Our desire for kids to succeed in school is universal.”
A study that will be published in a forthcoming journal adds to the mounting evidence that self-regulation – or children’s ability to control their behavior and impulses – is directly related to academic performance.
My father was a migrant worker and we moved from Mexico to Milton-Freewater when I was 11. My parents always emphasized the importance of education, of reading, of studying hard. And they taught me to dream.
An innovative predictor of school readiness shows that self-regulation tools are valuable forecasters of life success.