Literacy 4-6

Inhibition & Self-regulation

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Inhibition & Self-regulation work together to help students concentrate on learning. Inhibition is the ability to suppress Attention to irrelevant input and focus on pertinent stimuli or information, and Self-regulation is the ability to alter and regulate our behavioral responses. By helping students control their focus and self-regulate their behavior, Inhibition and Self-regulation are critical supports for becoming a successful reader and writer.

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.
  • Self-regulation includes altering behavioral responses and aligning them with standards, such as social expectations. Students who can successfully self-regulate their behaviors accomplish this by monitoring and suppressing any inappropriate actions or impulses.
  • Self-regulation also includes emotional regulation, which is discussed in-depth in the Emotion factor.

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  • Self-Regulation: Subtopic that explores children's developing ability to regulate their behavior on Digital Promise's Research Map

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