Child Trends identified four self management skills that have the capacity to boost elementary-school-aged children's academic achievement, which is, in turn, critical for their long-term success.These malleable skills include:
Self Control. Children with good impulse control get along better with others and tend to have higher scores in math and reading.
Persistence. Children who show persistence have the ability not only to stay focused on a task but also to overcome setbacks and keep trying.
Mastery Orientation. Children who demonstrate a desire to learn are less afraid of new and challenging experiences.
Academic Self-Efficacy. Children with strong academic self-efficacy tend to perform better in school overall.
These briefs discuss outcomes associated with each skill and strategies for developing the skills.Fundamentally these are skills that empower children, giving them some measure of control in the face of serious challenges and barriers, and potentially providing a route out of poverty for the young people who master them.