building bricks for knowledge creation.

Where play meets learning.

Do your learners ever have problems with:
- 'Messy' thinking?
- Long-term memory?
- Seeing the big picture?

Make Connections, Make Meaning

The Mind is a workshop constantly piecing together new information, this is otherwise known as thinking. This new method makes cognition visual and learning new things more effective.

Organise your thoughts.
Play with your ideas and see what works.
increase your understanding.

What areas of the curriculum would this enhance?

You can use the toolkits to deliver your current curriculum, it's not 'another project'. Our goal is to promote thinking and to make it part of the DNA of your school.

"Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist." Steven Pinker

enhance Educational outcomes

New concepts are easier to understand if we can break ideas down into smaller parts. What results have we seen so far?

Improved academic engagement

Building with bricks is enjoyable. This helps sustain attention for longer periods of time.

Deeper conceptual understanding

Learners go beyond surface level details and explore deeper structures and patterns.

Better written work

Clearer writing is usually the product of clearer thinking.

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Your New thinking toolkit

We have developed a new set of tools to help users organise, connect and manipulate information.

Thinking Bricks

The bricks are designed to hold information, one piece per brick. They can be connected horizontally and vertically.

Miniature Whiteboards

These reusable cards are for 'parking' key ideas. They slot neatly into the bricks.

Pens

The new pens are fitted with an eraser for easier and more accurate editing.

The bottomline about 'Brickifying'

Is it all about memory and comprehension?

No. Amongst the most widely cited outcomes are creativity and problem-solving capabilities.

When do we use it?

When you need to tackle something with lots of parts, prepare for a piece of writing, consolidate a body of knowledge or check for understanding.

Who is it for?

The process can be used to 'stretch' higher attaining pupils or support a child who is struggling with grasping a new concept. There are significant implications for dyslexia and autism.

What type of schools use this approach?

They are usually addressing one of these agendas:
1) Schools supporting a significant amount of disadvantaged learners.
2) Schools that are focused on developing lifelong learning traits.
3) Schools that are embracing a knowledge-rich curriculum.

What subjects is this good for?

The toolkits are perfect for simplifying any important concept or task. This could be in English, Science or the Humanities. It's useful for any body of knowledge with a clear structure.

NEXT STEPS for schools, Trusts and Alliances

Arrange a time to talk

If you're curious about this approach and want to find out a little more before you make any decisions then give us a call. If you prefer, you can send an email to: paul@structural-learning.com

What about our other PRiorities?

The brick building method is designed to compliment existing educational practices.

Educational Initiative

Compatibility

   How it helps

Talk for Writing
Break stories down into 'chunks' and try out new parts.
Philosophy for Children
Use the structures to help children articulate their thinking.
Colourful Semantics
Colour code word types and create interesting sentences.
Bar Modelling
The bricks can be used as a concrete representation for number work.
Knowledge Organisers
Children use the method to process the content of an organiser.
Mind Mapping
Organise ideas and information using colour and space.