Learning to Think with Feuerstein
Intelligence is not fixed. Children can develop new skills and strategies that improve their level of intelligence and their ability to learn no matter how much they are gifted or struggling with aspects of their learning.
This belief, is why many the Horizon School staff have embraced professional development on the Feuerstein method, an approach to teaching children how to learn and to think critically that has had successful international use with a rich research and evidence base to support the outcomes.
Our entire school incorporates the beliefs and tools from Feuerstein, and we are excited about the impact this is having on our learning and teaching. We have trained practitioners mediating learning with small groups in class time.
The Feuerstein Method as applied at Horizon aims to:
- Improve the way students learn, increases their motivation, self-management and overall performance;
- Increase the cognitive functioning ability of the students;
- Instead of measuring knowledge, the ability to learn is evaluated first. Intelligence is not fixed, but able to be increased.
The US, UK, Scandinavian, Brazilian, Israeli, French and Australian state governments fund this programme into their schools because of its success, and Horizon School staff are excited to be part of pioneering this approach in NZ. Modern neuroscience supports the Theory proposed by Prof. Feuerstein almost 50 years ago- the brain can change!
Every child is different and there are many different ways for children to demonstrate their learning potential.
Here is what some of our learners have said:
"We are learning to stop and think before we do an exercise and to take our time so that we get our work precise and accurate. I am learning to think harder. We are learning to be calm and not to get frustrated. If I get frustrated I breathe and I look up at the ceiling and I try again."
"I am getting better at noticing patterns. I am getting better at finding clues to help me work out how to do a problem."
"Doing this has made the impossible possible. I thought it wasn’t possible!"
"Things aren’t always what they seem."
View this video clip and web links:
Sunday News re introduction of Feuerstein to NZ