Why do we use the brain's pea-size memory for learning if we have the large frontal cortex to our avail?
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.
Further, when you are provided with a word like ‘tree’, your mind will dwell and hyperlink to related concepts, e.g. leaf, roots, shadow, water, rain, etc. etc. This means the brain 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 which is to expand.
The train smash happens in the exam when it is expected from the brain to expand on information that was summarised during the preparation for the exam. Marks resulted from this does not reflect the student’s potential.
How is Thinking Tools different?
When studying using Thinking Tools, the learner starts with keywords which are expanded during the learning process. This enables the learner’s brain to detect patterns and to empower learners with the following thinking skills which become live skills:
- Discover the bigger picture which guides the rest of the learning.
- Identify hierarchies.
- Classify the content into logical categories which makes sense to the learner.
- Determine cause and effect relationships between variables.
- Compare and contrast information.
- Define and motivate.
- Determine sequence and order.
- See analogies.
- Locate processes.
- Uncover continuing sequences.
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