by Julie Smith

We have been doing some powerful thinking and learning these first few weeks of school!

I am sure your children have been coming home talking about or even doing the hand motions for some of the things they have been learning in class. We have been learning the Cognitive Functions (Thinking Actions) that were identified by Professor Reuven Feuerstein. These Cognitive Functions are what happen in our brain while we are thinking and learning. They coincide with higher level thinking skills that we know are so critical to have. Students need tools and strategies to make connections to something unfamiliar or to something they are just learning.

The students through the mediator (teacher) are learning to become autonomous learners. Instead of lecturing and just telling the students the answers, students are given time to think to come up with answers on their own using the tools and strategies they have learned. If students are stuck on a something, they are asked questions to help scaffold them to come up with the answer. They own the learning. That makes learning so powerful!

ALL students can learn. Intelligence is not fixed, but modifiable with the right tools and strategies. We want to empower students with those tools and strategies that will last a lifetime. ∎

“Instead of lecturing and just telling the students the answers, students are given time to think to come up with answers on their own using the tools and strategies they have learned.”


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