Thinking Skills

Together with Thinking Schools South Africa and Thinking Schools International (UK), Pro Ed House School is dedicated to developing 21st Century learners, who are committed to and value habits of mind that lead to successful learning, resilience and resourcefulness in an ever changing 21st Century world.

The following Tools and Strategies to enhance learning and promote cognitive growth are used:

  • Bright Start (Foundation 1 and 2)
  • De Bono-6 Thinking Hats
  • Habits of Mind
  • Thinking Maps – Thinking Maps
  • Reflective Questioning and Mediation
  • Visible Thinking Routines
  • Growth Mindset

Basic patterns of thought such as planning, organising, shifting between tasks, goal setting, working memory and self-monitoring are slow to develop in children with learning differences. Explicit and regularly repeated teaching of these skills is required through the daily use of strategies, checklists and goals. Each child is provided with his/her own strategy file that best suits his/her learning.

It should be kept in mind the various traits characteristic of children who learn differently:

  • Dyslexia – difficulty with written language. They adapt well to the visual usage of Thinking Maps and Visible Routines.
  • ADHD – impulsivity, poor executive controls, poor self-regulation, weak self-management system.
  • Dyspraxia – difficulty drawing lines, writing.

Asperger Syndrome – difficulty following body language, poor social cognition and difficulty with collaborative work