This article shows that pretending to be a superhero character can help students build perseverance and stay focused on an assigned task. The study also supports the notion that spending more time on free play or role-playing can improve cognitive development.Source:
Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, January 11, 2017Description:
Pretending to be a character known for perseverance helps young children stay focused, according to a study published last month in Child Development. Researchers from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. asked 180 children ages 4 to 6 to do a repetitive task for 10 minutes, but said they could opt for breaks to play a video game. All of the children were that performing the task would make them “good helpers” and that they should occasionally ask themselves if they were working hard….Read the full article here!