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Reasons for teachers and parents to choose the Thinking Tools paradigm

The memory is the brain’s worst function – we always forget more than we are able to remember. The memory is also not trustworthy. The five keywords you remembered when entering the exam room, is gone with the wind the moment the exam paper is provided. They call it ‘strike a blank’. Thinking Tools are not relying on this memorising memory.

For decades the offerings were study-method courses, which clearly did not bare the anticipated tools. The reason being that the memory is the brain’s worst function – we always forget more than we are able to remember. The memory is also not trustworthy. The five keywords you remembered when entering the exam room, is gone with the wind the moment the exam paper is provided. They call it ‘strike a blank’. Thinking Tools are not relying on this memorising memory.

Study-methods rely on the summarising or making-less approach. The brain on the other hand is a BIGGER MAKER or expander of ideas. When it is expected from learners to summarise, this process opposes the natural wiring of the brain.

How is Thinking Tools different?

When using Thinking Tools, students start with keywords which are expanded during the learning process. This enables their brains to detect patterns and to empower them with critical and creative thinking skills.

The above constitutes the elements of critical thinking which enables students to become self-directed and self-regulated learners.

Self-directed learners know where to begin their learning and when it is done.

Self-regulated learners manage their learning by plotting a learning strategy based on the above-mentioned list of thinking skills. This process is called metacognition which means ‘thinking about and managing your thinking’ which is a highly sought after skill both in education and the world of work.

How does Thinking Tools teacher training differ from traditional teacher training?

This is the only programme where teachers do not qualify by making spoon-feeding slideshow presentations for their learners.

They get promoted because they empower their students to think, using 5 teaching methods which are in line with the wiring of the brain.

It stands out from the rest because it is geared to teach low achievers to immediately progress.

What is the best thing you can do for your child? Ensure your child is taught by Thinking Tools  teachers.

 

Thinking Tools are relevant for all curricula, grades, subjects, as well as for Project- and Inquiry-based Learning

Irrespective if learners have to master content, do a project or conduct research,  all three contribute towards developing life skills needed in the real world after school or after tertiary studies