Creating Better Learners by Boosting Cognitive Skills

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Carroll Connection, Winter 2018

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2018 edition of Carroll Connection. In this edition we asked our students how we are doing on our mission to give each child what he or she most needs. Read what they had to say. (Article 7 of 8)

Targeted Cognitive Intervention

At Carroll, we believe our job is to create better learners. Part of the answer is Cognitive Intervention. Targeted Cognitive Intervention (TCI) gets to the underlying “causes” of a child’s specific learning challenge and helps to build better brain circuits that promote more effective and efficient learning.

As part of our TCI program, we educate students to understand this. We asked students to describe TCI … 

Luc Alonzo (5th grade):It’s pretty much brain games and it helps your brain think way harder. It makes you smarter.



Keelin Ercolani (8th grade): It’s a program where you play a bunch of games. They are not always fun but they “strengthen your neural pathways and make you stronger.”


Gaius McCubbin (5th grade): The scientific way of saying it is that it opens more pathways in your brain for you to use. In your brain, you may travel one path. But if you use your brain differently, you can make branches to that path and make stronger paths. (Do you feel like your brain is getting smarter?) Yes!

Jess Caron (Upper 9): I don’t know what TCI is doing but it definitely helps. You can’t see differences right away but, over time, I feel like it’s working especially for reaction time.


Henry Beling (8th grade): I feel like it’s a great opportunity, and we’re lucky to have it even though it doesn’t always seem like it, as I do it.



Keelin Ercolani (8th grade): It’s something that I think I’ll look back upon and say that I should have valued it more than I do in the moment.



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