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Howard ‘Mac’ MacPherson – Head of Middle School, Head of College Wellbeing Team
“At Scotch College, Mind Lab is one of our interventions for student wellbeing that will contribute to the continuing development of positive peer relationships and increased levels of assertive problem-solving skills. Bringing Mind Lab into the curriculum will play its part in developing the whole school’s emotional literacy, a strong pro-social school culture, a caring ethos, as well as nurturing our students’ higher-order thinking skills. There is a direct connection between student emotional wellbeing and good academic outcomes, and Mind Lab nourishes both”.
Kerry Coggins – Year 7 Home Group Teacher, Future Problem Solving Coordinator, Argyle (Gifted and Talented)
“The Mind Lab games allow for an easy transfer of skills from a ‘safe’ environment in the game situation to better decision making in sport, class and in life. Students can at least practise alternative choices and ‘experience’ other outcomes. They can observe decisions others have made and use their knowledge of broader alternatives to perhaps make different choices themselves.”
Gavin Kilpatrick – Year 7 Home Group Teacher and Head of House
“Apart from the intrinsic maths/problem solving skills we were highlighting, the group co-operative dynamics were enhanced. Many of the students are now using problem solving terminology associated with the Mind Lab games in lessons outside the training sessions.”
Rohan Young – Year 7 Home Group Teacher, Science Teacher
“The students can see relevance to the strategies and techniques that are discussed in the game. After the game reinforces the strategy the students can then see how it fits into other aspects of their lives.”
“The students have really enjoyed Mind Lab and look forward to each lesson. They have definitely changed the way they interact with each other on structured group tasks. It has given many students good strategies about how to handle work in the future.”
Marty Coombe – Year 7 Home Group Teacher and Head of Information Technology
“Mind Lab provides an opportunity for different styles of learner to demonstrate their multiple intelligences.
This is an excellent resource for engaging and accelerating thinking and decision making skills.”
Nicola Triglau – Year 7 Home Group Teacher and Drama and English
“I believe my students gain a greater understanding of how to cooperate, work as teams and respond positively to one another. They use different skills to problem solve and so do I! The program allows students to gain a deeper understanding into not only problem solving skills, but each other. They have to think ‘outside the square’ – which gives them confidence in areas they previously lacked.”