Current research in the area of cognitive science has shed much light on how people learn. This Brain-based research has provided new information on how the brain works in terms of thinking and learning. The goal is to assist students in becoming life long learners and provide them with learning strategies to help attain this goal. There is a need to look at how we teach and how to build student competencies, and monitor progress, for their role in the Information Age. We must create a learner centered environment which includes the following necessary components:
Differentiated instruction is the educational term for the application of the above components in academic settings.
MindWing Concepts visual, tactile, non-linguistic representational tools coupled with our methodology, rooted in oral language development at the discourse level (conversation, narrative, exposition), directly applies to efforts to differentiate instruction for learners of varying linguistic abilities and cultural backgrounds in the areas of comprehension and written expression.
Our methodology and tools enhance and serve to develop the components of a learner centered environment listed in the above paragraph. Additionally, since social interaction is a hallmark of a learner centered environment, MindWing's unique Critical Thinking Triangle™ assists students in developing a "feelings" vocabulary, identifying emotional responses of characters in literature and relating them to life experiences, developing perspective taking and the use of mental state verbs for expression of "thinking".