Friday, December 16, 2016
Cognitive Skills - What Are They?
Cognitive skills are the critical thinking skills that will stay with students long after they’ve forgotten content knowledge. These skills are transferable across all subjects and are vital to ensure success in college, career, and life. For example, content learned in history isn’t necessarily applicable to science, but if we teach students how to analyze multiple perspectives, students can apply those skills in both history and science. Other cognitive skills include the ability to research, analyze information, problem-solve, develop an argument, and communicate effectively.
At Summit, students spend the majority of their time working on projects that develop their cognitive skills. Across their entire academic career at Summit, students are practicing and progressing across the same cognitive skills. We developed which cognitive skills we focus on and how they are graded in partnership with Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), ensuring alignment of the cognitive skills rubric to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and grade level competencies. If a student can master Summit's cognitive skills, they can adapt and succeed in our ever-changing world!