Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Inner Speech

Inner speech is the talking to ourselves the we do sometimes when confronted with a problem. It is a human capacity that develops slowly at variable rates in children.

*This inner talking is not simply the idle chatter of the mind. Inner speech plays a vital role in controlling and influencing our behaviour.

*What we say to ourselves affects our attitudes and actions. It also affects our understanding of the world.

*Impulsive children lack the patterns of inner speech that would help them focus on the matter at hand.

To describe something differently to oneself is to understand it differently

These thoughts are taken from the Mediated Learning Workshop, as well as "Teaching Children to think" by Robert Fisher

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