With the Senior External Examination system replacing the QCS Test, it's important that we begin preparing students with the skills they need to succeed under this new type of assessment. That’s why we’re starting early, with a range of Cognitive Skills (CS) lessons available for download on the Mighty Minds Portal. The Cognitive Skills, which will replace the Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs), are the key skills that students will be expected to use across a range of senior subjects. They are vitally important, as they provide the foundation for the entire Queensland Senior School Curriculum. Examples of Cognitive Skills include analyse, discuss and explain.
Since Cognitive Skills are used as directives in the Senior Examinations, all students will encounter them – regardless of their subject choices. Consequently, an increased understanding of the Cognitive Skills will directly correlate with an increase in student level of achievement.
The current junior secondary students will be among the first cohorts in Queensland to complete external exams, which is why we have developed lessons specifically for helping students understand the new curriculum. These lessons last for approximately 60 minutes and introduce students to one particular CS, then provide them with the opportunity to practise it through a range of questions across different subject areas. Mighty Minds has developed a unique teaching method that measures each student’s level of understanding for the Cognitive Skill.
Every lesson includes a marking scheme and multiple examples that identify the level of their understanding. This creative teaching tool allows students to identify the components necessary to fully understand each skill and its context within different subjects. Altogether, these lessons allow students to increase their expertise in the Cognitive Skills and hence improve their level of achievement.
Included with every lesson is a poster that can be displayed throughout your school to inspire student understanding for each Cognitive Skill. Each poster consists of a student-friendly definition of the Cognitive Skill, a proficiency scale to measure student understanding, examples of real-world applications and steps on how best to approach a question containing that skill.
The Cognitive Skills should be introduced as early as possible and integrated into all classwork and assessment pieces. To help your school get started with this, we've created a work plan that outlines how students can cover all 75 Cognitive Skills during Years 7-9, ensuring students are well prepared to succeed in their senior years.VIEW SAMPLE LESSON
Your school has the option to purchase Cognitive Skills lessons individually. To place your order or make any enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our experienced facilitators will assist students in developing their understanding of each of the 75 Cognitive Skills, consolidating fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, advancing their effective learning abilities, and improving higher order thinking skills.
STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Mighty Minds can also facilitate Professional Development sessions for your staff to ensure they are fully prepared to integrate the Cognitive Skills into their classes and assessments, to prepare for 21st Century pedagogy.
We have a wide range of workshop types on offer, but we are also happy to make a personalised workshop for your school at no extra charge. Just get in contact with us and let us know which content you would like us to discuss with your students!
A workbook designed to assist all senior students in developing their understanding of each of the 75 Cognitive Verbs, consolidating fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, advancing their effective learning abilities, and improving higher order thinking skills.
The Cognitive Verbs Companion eBook has been designed to supplement our Pathways to Success: Cognitive Verbs workbook. It is the ultimate aid for any teacher looking to introduce their students to the Cognitive Verbs.