Thinking Skills Club Spreads to Four New Schools

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Thinking Skills Clubs are popping up in schools all over. Kids play fun, online games that help them develop learning capacity.

A thinking skills gamer in action

A thinking skills gamer in action

I'm glad to see it finding a home among those who deal with kids with exceptional learning needs.

The Thinking Skills Club, an innovative school club where kids play computer games that develop learning capacity, is showing up in a variety of settings this Fall:

  • A school counselor in Florida has students play the games as an activity in her morning study club,
  • A neuroeducator in Colorado who is also a parent of a learning disabled child volunteers to run it at as a program at her daughter's school,
  • A teacher of low functioning teens in Washington uses it with private tutorial students, summer school students on an ongoing basis; and,
  • A boarding school in Korea that teaches an American curriculum is adding it to their boarders' weekend activities, alongside skin diving and golf.

The club uses a website to provide games under a range of headings, from Executive Function to Social Skills, which can improve those skills just by playing them. Progress is tracked using a "brain puzzle" each student builds as they beat the games.

Because it's just playing games on a website, it is simple to set up and use, says club founder Mitch Moldofsky. Unlike other offerings of this sort, these games aren't proprietary but sourced from online gaming sites such as Nitrome and Miniclip, which kids flock to for entertainment. Who knew they could be educational as well?

"I'm glad to see it finding a home among those who deal with kids with exceptional learning needs," says Moldofsky, a cognitive learning specialist, from his home in Toronto. "But I think the games are just as valuable for the average kid."

Moldofsky himself has run the club as an after school activity at his two sons' public school for the past three years.

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