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Topic: Abstract Reasoning

Does Your Child Have the Skills for the World Economic Forum’s “4th Industrial Revolution”?

January 28, 2016

The World Economic Forum reported last month that over one-third of the most important workplace skills will change over the next five years. That’s an incredible rate of change. So what’s a concerned parent to do? Not panic for starters. Parents who are pleased with their own child’s school (and surveys show that 75% of parents are satisfied) need first and foremost to continue to support their children’s academic learning. However, students spend on average, only 15% of their waking hours at school. Parents need to foster the essential skills their children will need to be successful in the real world.     Top 10 Ways for Parents to Nurture the World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Skills: Know your child’s stronger and weaker skills. Keep in… Read More

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7 Reasons for Test Anxiety and What To Do About It

January 11, 2016

  There are a variety of reasons for test anxiety. The best news is that a little bit of test anxiety is good thing. It provides an adrenaline rush to work efficiently. But too much stress produces a full rush of hormones that interferes with the ability to think clearly and rememberwhat you know. If test anxiety is a problem, read on for the seven most common reasons for test anxiety and what to do about it. The very first step is to recognize that the reasons for test anxiety are different for every student. The trick is to figure out which one is the reason for your child’s test anxiety. Subject-Specific Anxiety Sometimes kids develop test anxiety around one subject but not another, similar to how they might have anxiety around… Read More

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Know your Student: Abstract Reasoning

December 9, 2014

What is Abstract Reasoning? Abstract reasoning is the ability to draw inferences and analyze information involving objects, images, or numbers. It is also called complex reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, visual reasoning, or critical thinking. Abstract Reasoning in elementary school Realistically, students aren’t expected to use abstract reasoning very much in elementary school. Most of the time, teachers and parents give students clear directions with little room for guessing. Students with weaker abstract reasoning might be good at following step-by-step procedures like long division, even if they cannot explain why they are doing it. However, you might notice a student has difficulty seeing patterns with shapes or numbers or making a good guess about “what comes next”. This could suggest impending difficulties. Abstract Reasoning and higher order thinking You might see the first difficulties in… Read More

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