Active Learning – Keeping on trying

An ability to stay with things and keep on trying even when things keep failing is most likely to lead to self-regulated learning. Find out what this looks like and how it builds children's brains.

Good for looking at

  • The characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Keeping on trying
  • Persistance
  • Self-talk/private speech
  • Self-regulation
  • Responsive carers
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Big castle.
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Some children stay with things
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and are more persistent than others.
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An ability to stay with things and keep on trying
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even when things keep failing is most likely to lead
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to self-regulated learning.
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This starts in early infancy when mothers
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often instinctively provide scaffolding when needed
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so their babies gain a sense of autonomy
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and feel they can control things for themselves.
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The can make a difference by carrying on trying.
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They have a growth mindset.
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Children often talk to themselves
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when engaged in an activity.
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It is thought that they use private speech
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as a self-regulatory mediator of thinking and behavior.
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Keeping on trying in the face
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of difficulties develops persistence.
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Scaffolding provided by an adult,
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needs to be withdrawn sooner rather than later
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or the child can be encouraged to be dependent on help.
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Children can develop an attitude that encourages them
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to give up when faced with difficult challenges.
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They would rather stay with things
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they know they can succeed with
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rather than fail at something difficult.
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But failing is a good way to learn
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as children can try again and again, with different tactics.
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Hey, come and look at my castle now.
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That's wonderful Dexter, that's so big.