Literacy 4-6

Systems Change

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Inhibition, a component of executive functioning, is the ability to suppress Attention to irrelevant input and to focus on pertinent stimuli or information. Students use these skills to successfully pay attention to lessons and problems. Inhibition is essential for Self-Regulation, allowing students to monitor and suppress inappropriate tendencies and behaviors. By helping students control both their focus and their behavior, Inhibition affects the development of reading and writing skills and allows students to move away from strategies that are not effective to support literacy success.

Main Ideas

  • Inhibition occurs at the behavioral level, where responses are controlled, and the cognitive level, where Attention is focused on relevant information. However, it can be difficult to tease these apart since cognitive Inhibition promotes behavioral Inhibition.

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