The 75 Cognitive Skills are the foundation of all assessment. Understanding the Cognitive Skills will be vital to student success. Consequently, we have deconstructed each Cognitive Skill and produced an effective guide on how to teach each stage of the Cognitive Thinking levels in relation to that specific skill.
We can provide highly beneficial professional development for your teachers on how to embed Cognitive Skills into their lesson plans. Furthermore, we have produced a poster for each Cognitive Skill that can be displayed throughout your school to inspire student understanding. Additionally, we have available in-depth lessons to teach students these crucial skills.
To assist students with the transition to the assessment style of the new system, we have developed tailored lessons that focus on each Cognitive Skills. Designed to take approximately 60 minutes to complete, each lesson introduces students to one Cognitive Skill and provides them with the opportunity to practise it through a range of questions in different subject areas.
Included for every question in the lesson is:
These features have been included to assist students in assessing their work and the work of their peers. Thanks to the unique teaching method designed by Mighty Minds, the proficiency levels in the marking schemes allow students to identify exactly what they need to do to reach the next highest level of proficiency for each skill.
Our Cognitive Skills posters clearly and concisely explain how students should approach assessment tasks that are based on a Cognitive Skills. Every poster includes a student-friendly definition of the skill, real-world applications that demonstrate how the skill applies to everyday life, a step-by-step process of how to answer questions that use the skill and a proficiency scale to measure student understanding. Students can use the posters to easily identify what is required in their responses to reach higher cognitive understanding and improve the quality of their work. These posters are an excellent classroom resource for students and teachers to refer to when they encounter a question or task involving a Cognitive Skill.
Cognitive Skills posters can be purchased individually at $120 each or as a package deal at $2250 for all 75 posters. Purchase price includes a license to print an unlimited number of copies for use within your school and free access to any future updated versions of the poster(s).
Teachers can create online lessons with subject specific questions based on each Cognitive Skill – increasing student understanding of each skill within a relevant context. To enhance critical thinking, student's can self-assess and peer-assess online lessons using our specially designed level system.
During the transition to the new system, it may be difficult for schools to track which Cognitive Skills students have been exposed to or what level of proficiency they have reached. To solve this problem, Mighty Minds has developed a unique tracking system that allows schools to measure current student proficiency for each of the 75 skills and continue to track this over time.
Each time a student completes a Cognitive Skill activity or assessment in class, teachers can record the student’s level of achievement via the Mighty Minds Portal. If the activity is completed online, our system will automatically record this information. Not only does this ensure that all Cognitive Skills have been covered to an adequate standard, but it also makes it easy to determine which skills require more attention from each student to make targeted, individualised learning possible.
Free with our CS resources is access to our junior secondary work plan, which outlines our recommended approach to covering the 75 Cognitive Skills during Years 7-9. This ensures that students are prepared to begin their senior years.
If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on (07) 5689 1086.