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Greetings Colleagues,

Below is a link to a fresh article from The LearnWell Projects: Using Mental Cues to Trigger Students’ Critical Thinking Skills. This short post communicates a useful message.

Here are a few excerpts: It was pretty cool watching this simple tactic transform this classroom of traditional-aged students and adult learners into a competitive group as they were explicitly trying to exhibit the highest level of thinking. Students were cheering each other on. More important than the engaging atmosphere, the students were consciously differentiating their thinking skills and assigning value to the cognitive behaviors in real time. Results: 96% of her students passed the class that I visited and 100% of students in her other developmental math class.
Educators should take a cue from marketers who’ve been using mental triggers to sell products for decades. Educators can use triggers to activate students’ deeper thinking skills. The process is simple and highly effective. 

Triggers work because the brain desires to:
convert repeated mental actions into autonomic routines,
assign value to mental actions, and
use environmental cues to automatically trigger these stored sequences. 
The students were consciously differentiating their thinking skills and assigning value to the cognitive behaviors in real time. Results: 96% of her students passed the class that I visited and 100% of students in her other developmental math class.
Knowledge is power, and when strategically used it can transform student learning. Click the following link to learn more about the power and strategy for implementing this tactic:  http://bit.ly/learnwell_projects_blog_home
Best wishes in the final weeks of the semester!
   
Leonard Geddes Business Owner, The LearnWell Projects
Tel: 1-866-337-3030
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