*(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.)
Some reasons why students seemed stimulated by this discussion:
1) They could relate to the two research studies about impulse control in the article.
2) They were interested to compare how they would have performed as subjects of the studies compared to their classmates.
3) They enjoyed sharing their experiences with controlling impulses and delaying gratifications in their everyday lives.
4) They were surprised by the effects the lack of impulse control can have on our lives and how it is affecting their classmates’ lives.
(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.)
Here is the basis for this discussion: Researchers believe that a person’s ability to delay gratification can carry many advantages, including better scores in school, fewer behavior problems, and reduced chance to be overweight and being more successful in jobs.
This and future discussion activities include four parts:
1) A one-page article usually including a brief summary of a high-interest research study.
2) Ten true-false comprehension questions.
3) Pre-Discussion Exercise in which students read and think about several questions about their experience and opinions about the topic before discussing them in groups.
4) Small-group discussions of the article in which each student is given a paper with different content/personal experience questions in the form of Student A, B or C.
Bonus writing activity. Included in the handout is a final writing activity to give students practice with paraphrasing and writing a reflection.