I finally bit the bullet and signed Aristotle up for the Brainology Program by Mindset Works a couple of weeks back. As you may recall, I have been concerned about Aristotle for some time… Since we signed up, he has been working steadily through the course.
What is Brainology?
Brainology® is developed by one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation, Stanford University professor Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. and her colleague Lisa Sorich Blackwell, Ph.D. Based on 20 years of research, it is an online program designed to teach students brain science and study skills that will help them develop a growth mindset – the core belief that abilities, rather than being fixed, are developed over time – which is critical to adopting learning-oriented behaviour. When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. They focus on improvement rather than worrying about how smart they are. Students with growth mindsets show greater motivation in school, better grades, and higher test results. They not only had increased focus on learning, but greater resilience, and superior achievement.
The target audience is middle school and high school students, but younger children can work on the program with the assistance of an adult. Brainology has been used in schools and homes in most U.S. States and several countries with enthusiastic reviews by teachers, parents and students.
What does Brainology teach?
- Brain Basics – what does the brain do?
- Brain Behaviour – how does the brain work?
- Brain Building – how does the brain learn?
- Brain Boosters – how does memory work, and how can you make yours work better?
How does Brainology work?
Information on the brain is presented in video format and the students can review the material by visiting the “Brain Book”. They can also jot down their thoughts and ideas in their e-Journal and Notepad. At the end of each chapter, there is a fun quiz to the salient points from each lesson about the brain.
You can sign up for a free account that will allow you to trial the program. You will also gain access to resources for planning your own mindset home program to support your child’s formal learning.
Aristotle completed the program a couple of days ago and received an award for being a “brain master”.
If you are working on Brainology with a younger child, it is advisable to repeat the program content to help your child gain a greater understanding of the growth mindset.