What is cognitive functioning?
Cognitive functioning refers to mental abilities such as learning, thinking, reasoning, remembering, problem-solving, decision making, and attention.
When does cognitive functioning develop in children?
Between ages 7 and 11 children are in the concrete operational stage. They become less egocentric (self-focused) and begin to differentiate between themselves, others and their environment. Children enter the formal operational stage around 11 when they find it easier to use logic to solve problems and can perform future thinking.
How does cognitive functioning develop?
Development in cognitive functioning varies. Children excel at some mental abilities and lag behind in others. Cognitive functioning can be improved with practice.
How does escaping with Awesome Escape Rooms 4 Kids improve students' cognitive functioning?
At Awesome Escape Rooms 4 Kids we teach children strategies to enhance their cognitive functioning and they practice these skills each time they escape.
Link to the BC Curriculum
The BC Curriculum targets the development of cognitive functioning with the inclusion of core competency skills. The core competency skills represent cognitive functions that are practiced with every subject. Elementary and high school students are evaluated on their abilities to demonstrate core competencies skills. This guarantees that core competencies remain an important aspect of learning.
Link to work and future success
The core competency skills are referred to as soft business skills. These are the skills that everyone uses regardless of where they work. Stronger skills have been linked to leadership fast-tracking and better mental health. Many children have casual jobs at 12 years old (babysitting) and enter the workforce by 15 years old. Strong core competency/soft business skills give pre-teens and teens greater feelings of control in their early work experiences and throughout their academic studies.