Leveraging Cognitive Skills — A Unique Approach To Boost Our Students’ Cognitive Abilities
As you might know, I held the first parents’ education session “Leveraging Cognitive Skills” last week, and I wanted to share the slides and some key elements with you:
Leveraging Cognitive Skills | Creating The Right Environment
- Self-knowledge. Who am I? What are my expectations? What are my goals?
- Inspiring role models—peers and adults—to model their actions
- An audience
- Creative spaces and tools
- Learning strategies
- Feedback, not judgment
- A champion
- A chance to practice
- As many chances as it takes (in terms of life skills)
- To be able to read and write
- Self-efficacy or belief in themselves
- To play
Leveraging Cognitive Skills | Crippling Parenting Behaviors
However, sometimes we as parents helicopter over our children, trying to protect them, make them happy and do what’s best for them without realizing that our behavior actually hinders their development. According to Forbes Magazine, there are seven crippling behaviors that adversely affect mastery of cognitive skills:
- We don’t let our children experience risk.
- We rescue too quickly.
- We rave too easily.
- We let guilt get in the way of leading well.
- We don’t share our past mistakes.
- We mistake intelligence, giftedness, and influence for maturity.
- We don’t practice what we preach.
How Cedar Hill Prep Uses Cognitive Ability Testing
A recent string of neuro fitness programs such as Quantified Mind, Lumosity, and Cognifit seeks to measure and improve users’ cognitive abilities.
Cedar Hill Prep School in Somerset, NJ uses a proprietary cognitive abilities test to show students’ Learning Profiles to help set students’ academic goals and provides students with a tool box to improve students’ capabilities (starts at Grade 5). The data from the CAT helps motivate students and parents to realize that students can achieve more than perhaps their academic records are showing.
Leveraging Cognitive Skills | What You Can Do At Home
There are many ways parents can foster their children’s cognitive abilities. For example:
- Discovery Channel, Sci-Fi, History.com, PBS, Documentaries
- Creative Hobbies
- Storytelling / Personal Stories
- Debate Clubs
- Minecraft / SimCity
- Board Games
- Museum Visits
We look forward to seeing you at a future session.