Importance of Non-Cognitive Learning Approach

William Butler Yeats rightly said,

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

Children are the future of a country, the flame that will guide the generations to come! They must be given the right kind of atmosphere to develop their skills and knowledge.

Schools are the place where minds are nurtured and personalities are born. This happens through learning which is of two kinds: cognitive and non-cognitive. While cognitive learning involves intellectual skills like reading, writing, thinking, reasoning and remembering, non-cognitive learning is a whole other phenomenon!

Non-cognitive learning includes learning things like academic behaviour, perseverance, mindset, learning strategies and social skills. For example, learning strategies like the ability to study and setting goals successfully; social skills like cooperation, and teamwork; behaviours like going to class every day, participation and time management; and attitudes like bravery, compassion and educational commitment.

We promote non-cognitive learning for several benefits. Here are five of the reasons why:

5 Reasons Why Non-Cognitive Learning Is Important

⦁ Helps Students Tackle Failures Easily:

Mindsets are of two kinds: fixed and growth. When students understand and master a growth mindset through non-cognitive learning, they start taking failures as stepping stones to success.
Their spirit to become better overpowers the negative feelings they encounter due to failures. Self-confidence and self-esteem begin to build steadily to overcome any challenges that lay ahead.

⦁ Ensures Excellent Mental Health Of Students:

Recognizing and managing emotions is something everyone should learn!

As students, it is of utmost importance as there’s always pressure to perform well and prove yourself. Learning non-cognitive skills like mindfulness, creating positive attitude and practicing self-control helps students to face their fears and handle their anxiety well. This, in turn, helps in stress management.

Teaching students to maintain a positive outlook ensures increased motivation, improved creativity and enthusiasm. Martin Seligman, a well-known positive psychologist, highly advocates teaching subject matter along with the skills and lessons required for students’ well-being.

⦁ Improves Academic Performance:

Combining a non-cognitive skills education with STEAM learning not only ensures personal success but also improves academic track records!

Students who learn the skill of deliberate practice in the subjects they struggle with, begin to gain more self-belief and perform comparatively well. Developing skills like persistence and resilience helps them look out for their mistakes and correct them. This helps them long-term, as life always has many obstacles to offer!

⦁ Students Learn To Build Better Relationships:

Being connected to peers helps students in personality development and creates newer outlooks on life!

Skills like empathy, communication and team spirit help students engage and build better social networks. Perspective thinking and curiosity encourage them to develop nurturing relationships with their acquaintances.

Through networking, students build behaviours that encourage growth and progress in personal and professional lives and become better individuals in the society!

⦁ Assures Good Lifestyle Of Students

Students learn a lot at school and at home. Even if their home environment isn’t particularly supportive and warm, school is a place that can shape them in the best way possible!

Skills like self-control is often underestimate. When correctly taught, it results in lower chances of alcohol and drug addiction and a lower likelihood of committing a crime. Self-control also results in complete health improvements, including lower levels of stress and anxiety, lower levels of obesity and even a longer life!

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest and we ensure that our students grow up to be the best version of themselves in all spheres of their lives!

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