U of M professors Stephanie Carlson and Phil Zelazo know that executive function (EF) skills—the ability to control our thoughts, actions, and emotions—also allow us to pay attention, listen, and follow directions. And for kids just starting to learn, that’s incredibly important. Recent studies have shown these skills are more predictive of academic success than IQ, and that kids who don’t have them begin to falter immediately.
We asked second graders on a
field trip to @kpcc last week what they would like to be when they grow up.
Their responses — some written, some drawn — were creative, colorful and
occasionally surprising (ventriloquist?!?). Check them out and try not to be
overcome by their cuteness.