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How You Can Spot Weak Cognitive Skills in Your Classroom

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 22, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Peter Barnes

What’s happening in your students’ brains when they can’t follow your classroom instructions? What if a student doesn’t want to answer your question? And why do some students struggle to tell a story?

These are all signs that a student may have a weakness in one or more key cognitive skills. Skills essential for learning.

As well as language skills, we all need four key thinking skills for effective learning. They are: memory, attention, processing, and sequencing.

Here are some behaviours you might notice if your students have a weakness in these skills:

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Topics: Learning Difficulties, Following Instructions, Fast ForWord, Educational Neuroscience, Early Learners

Free Early Learners Neuroscience Program for 70 Schools & PreSchools

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 6, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Peter Barnes

I’m turning 70 soon. 

But instead of getting a present, I’m giving one.

My reverse-70th-birthday present is giving 70 schools and/or preschools in Australia and New Zealand the Kiko’s Thinking Time early learner program. 

Entirely free for Term 4, 2016. Why?

Because I’m excited about learning. I’ve been a lifelong learner. I’m still learning – from books, from the Internet, from courses, from conferences, from my friends and colleagues.

I know the value of learning for pleasure, interest and career.

Over the last two decades I have watched students and adults improve their learning using programs such as Fast ForWord, Cogmed and BrainHQ that have been developed from the convergence of neuroscience research and technology . 

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Topics: Kiko's Thinking Time, Early Learners

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