"Mind Lab has developed an innovative methodology that has achieved proven results around the world in the development of cognitive, emotional and ethical skills and competencies in our students."

Methodology
Goals

Mind Lab believes that a ‘thinking culture’ can be developed in children from a very early age.  At the heart of  the Mind Lab Methodology is the notion that the most effective way to learn is through an immediate and authentic experience that leaves us wanting more. The game is the perfect example of such an experience – it’s fun, engaging and exciting and therefore encourages involvement. It also provides a fertile ground for the formation and application of thinking skills and life skills.This contributes to their development and their ability to think, including the ability to plan and make decisions, solve problems, use logic, improve memory and develop creative thinking. When children apply what they have learned with games in everyday situations, this thinking culture strengthens their emotional, social and ethical skills.

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  • Developing Awareness:  Awareness of thinking processes is essential for personal development in every aspect of human life. The methodology enhances students’ capacity for reflective thinking and enables students to be more aware of internal and external processes. In examining the process of thinking children and young people are able to progress autonomously and increase the chances of developing new ways of thinking about themselves.
  • Thinking Skills: In the information age in which we live, an ever-increasing emphasis is being placed on the importance of basic thinking skills. The methodology develops a wide range of these skills: problem-solving strategies, decision-making models, logical and mathematical thinking, verbal and communication skills, among others.

 

  • Strengthening Social and Emotional Skills: The game experience is an extraordinary simulator of emotional and social processes. When we play, we experience situations involving cooperation and competition, winning and losing, trial and error, accepting rules, teamwork. These situations reinforce our ability to effectively manage and control our emotions, defer gratification and enhance our determination, perseverance and self-discipline.
  • Interdisciplinary Transfer:  The application of content and skills learned in one setting to another is considered by many educators to be one of the most important yet one of the most difficult abilities to learn. The Mind Lab Methodology establishes an organizing base for many aspects of our lives. Through this method, students develop the ability to identify links between different fields of human thinking  therefore enabling  them to transfer knowledge and apply it to everyday situations – ‘from the classroom to real life!’