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Great New Video on “Marshmallow” Test

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Ellen Galinsky has created a great new video titled Focus And Self Control on the famous “marshmallow” test. You can read how I have used this in classroom at my previous post, “I Like This Lesson Because It Make Me Have a Longer Temper” (Part One).

There are two things that make this video stand-out (it’s a nice compliment to the one I’ve used in the past). One, it shows Dr. Walter Mischel, the originator of the experiment, actually saying what the long-term implications of the test might be. Since students read about him in the lesson, it will have a double impact.

Secondly, the video shows a fun “reverse Simon Sez” activity designed to help children develop self-control skills. It’s obviously designed for small children, but I’m sure even high school students would enjoy doing it for a few minutes after they see the video.

I’m adding this post to My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

One Comment

  1. Larry I watched the video. The reverse Simon Sez should have the kids NOT do what they are told when “Simon Sez” to do it, right? 😉

    If I say, “Simon Sez touch your toes,” the kids should just stand there.

    If I say, “Touch your toes,” the kids should touch their head.

    I’m so confused! Give me a marshmallow!

    Seriously, as always, thanks for sharing the things you find.


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