Logical Thinking

Our world is changing.  As information- both fact and fiction- is more readily available than ever before, and connection is farther away, skills of discernment and communication become more highly prized.  More and more, universities and employers aren’t just looking for people with a 4.0 GPA.  They are looking for people who think critically.  People who know how to tell fact from fiction.  People who can tease a thought out to its logical conclusion.  People who can get along well in diverse groups and communicate efficiently.   During this fun and challenging 30 week, 1-1/2 hour course, students will work toward the development of precisely those skills.

Using word problems and riddles, mysteries and codes, puzzles, and games, each child will learn to draw conclusions, think deductively, put things in sequence, make inferences, explain how a problem was solved, and relay necessary information concisely and coherently. 

Along with the above mentioned, we will also use activities and challenges from Destination Imagination, thought experiments, code cracker and logic puzzles, all to push the boundaries of our creativity and ability to think (both inside and) outside the box!

Students they will participate in group activities like puzzle building (yes, they will make their own puzzle!), card games, DI challenges, and board games, to learn how to work together, and collaborate to reach a common goal. Working with others to solve problems effectively, while harnessing their creative power, is natural to kids in a state of play.  This course will have the feel of an afternoon spent with friends in guided play but (shh!) students continuously work toward the the development of critical and logic thinking skills as they simultaneously strengthen their skills of collaboration and communication.

The development of logical thinking and ability to navigate group dynamics are timeless skills. This class will feel like good fun, but will provide benefits that are far reaching and long lasting.  You won’t want to miss out!

Class homework requirements: none

     

Tuesday

Time: 2:35-4:05
Grade: 4th-6th
Class Fees: $350
Supply fee: $60
Tutor: Candace Fortino

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Group projects and group collaboration will be encouraged via online methods, but adjustments will be made as needed.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.