THE COGNITION & LEARNING DEPARTMENT
Cognition and Learning department courses focus specifically on a student’s unique area of challenge. Students are placed in small groups and learning specialists customize the curriculum to meet the individual needs of the group. Open to all grades.
A Forman education is designed to foster academic confidence and independence. The Cognition & Learning classes are designed to do just that and are integrated into each student’s daily academic schedule. With strategies woven into classes, students develop the necessary skills to be confident and successful learners, ready for college and life beyond the classroom. Learning is an active, dynamic process. Constant change and growth occurs in each student day-to-day as well as year-to-year. Recognizing this, we are uniquely dedicated to supporting the educational journey of each of our students. Moreover, Cognition & Learning teachers meet regularly with national experts in the field of learning differences. As a result, our master teachers hold expertise in current research and teaching methods about learning differences that informs our approach to education.
Academic Reading I
This course is designed to help students develop basic reading and word attack skills using an individualized, multi-sensory, phonetic, and sequential approach. Course work in Academic Reading I includes phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary and morphology, grammar and usage, comprehension, and spelling. The course is taught in a small-group setting with a reading specialist.
Academic Reading II
This course is designed to help students develop increased reading fluency and comprehension to improve reading for academic coursework. Students focus on the active reading process, including the integration of paraphrasing, summarizing and interacting with text. Students read and interact with a variety of academic materials relevant to their individual reading level. This course further develops vocabulary, word attack skills, and spelling.
Academic Reading III, IV
These courses are designed to assist students as they further develop reading fluency and comprehension in preparation for advanced academic coursework. Students focus on morpheme analysis, semantic mapping, active reading strategies, and vocabulary development. Reciprocal teaching techniques are used to strengthen students’ comprehension skills, reading comprehension skills, and self-reflective abilities. Students practice independently, choosing strategies to apply to content texts to improve comprehension of the material.
Metacognitive Strategies I, II, III
In Metacognitive Strategies, students learn to identify, explain, and manage their learning needs. They receive direct, explicit instruction in critical skills that enable them to function as independent learners. Coursework specifically includes: reading comprehension applied to academic work, vocabulary development, paraphrasing, listening and note taking, homework completion, test taking, time management, materials organization, and goal setting. Of particular importance is the fostering of self-advocacy skills. This course is not a content tutorial. Content help is available during evening study hall and by appointment for extra help with individual teachers and tutors.
- P/F (no credit)
- Open to all grades
- Requires teach recommendation
This course is designed to assist students with learning challenges specifically related to mathematics. Taught in addition to a content math course, Math Support enhances a student’s math ability by remediating and teaching strategies to attack increasingly advanced and/or multi-step mathematics problems. This course is open to students of any grade and math level, but enrollment requires the recommendation of the Math Department Chair, Director of Cognition & Learning, and the Director of Studies.
Introduction to Executive Function Coaching
- Grades 9, 10
This course is designed to introduce students to executive functions using practical, structured, and research-based strategies. In general, this class is appropriate for underclass students. Executive function coaching is hands-on and uses a student’s strengths to help him/her develop academic coaching skills. In this course, students gain knowledge and awareness of the development of executive functions. The course focuses on direct instruction of planning and prioritization of assignments, as well as organizational, time management, task initiation and completion, and self-advocacy and self-monitoring strategies.
Executive Function Coaching
- Grade 11, 12, PG
Students in Executive Function Coaching use practical, structured, and research-based coaching methods to help with self-awareness, time management, productivity, organization, prioritizing, and other factors that help improve academic performance. Executive Function Coaching is a hands-on course and uses a student’s strengths to help him/her develop academic coping skills. The coach provides structure, accountability, and motivation until the student is able to develop these functions on his/her own. Because executive functions are neurobiological, students need the most effective strategies for planning, prioritizing, time management, task initiation and focal maintenance. Coaching facilitates continued development of self-advocacy strategies, realistic goals, a student’s ability to identify roadblocks, and continued use of individually customized strategies.