10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Thinking & Learning

Empowering Parents and Learners To Achieve Academic Excellence Using Proven Insights, Methods, Models, & Approaches
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

According to the National Education Association, research has proven that children whose parents are consistently involved in their education:

  • Perform better on exams
  • Earn better grades overall
  • Pass classes and earn credits more consistently
  • Adapt and transition well to school environments
  • Tend to finish high school & study at the university level

But you probably suspected this was the case already, right? And when you think about it, it makes sense given that you know your child better than anyone. You were his or her first teacher. You want them to achieve all that they are capable of achieving. Of course your involvement is important to your child's learning success.

Now you just need someone to tell you what you need to know to begin coaching your child to better learning. And maybe you'd like to connect with other parents who are doing the same thing. Does that sound about right? If so, this course is exactly what you're looking for!

This course is designed to assist parents who want to coach their children in the development of effective and efficient thinking and learning skills. In this course, I use common everyday language to address topics such as:

  • Is all learning the same?
  • What are your child's individual learning preferences?
  • Do we all have personal learning preferences and approaches?
  • How should we think about thinking?
  • What are critical thinking skills?
  • Who's in control?
  • How does dependence/independence influence thinking and learning?

This might sound like a lot to learn. But, this course is just what you need to get started quickly and confidently. And I'll be here to help you along the way.

What are the requirements?

  • Anyone who has completed high school can successfully complete this course.
  • I highly recommend that you complete the core content by taking 1 lecture per week. This will allow you to reflect on, and master, each lesson before moving to the next.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Assist your child in successfully navigating their K-12 learning experience--and beyond!
  • Explain the 6 levels of learning and how to study effectively for each level.
  • Coach your child in a manner that allows them to ensure that their individual learning needs are met.

Who is the target audience?

  • Parents of K-12 learners who understand that nothing is more important than being able to instill a love of learning and the ability to do so effectively and efficiently.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting Started

A brief introduction to the course to include a bit about me and the course objectives.


Before getting started with the course content, review this lecture in which I provide three (3) suggestions for getting the most out of this experience.

Section 2: 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Thinking & Learning

Lecture three (3) presents the first of the 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Thinking & Learning.

In this lesson I explain the difference between thinking & learning and education. Metacognition is presented to begin building a framework for how you can help your child improve their thinking and learning skills.

Be sure to take your quiz over this lesson when you feel you are ready.

4 questions

Answer a few items to ensure you are ready to move forward.


Instructional objectives are an important tool that learners often overlook. This lessons walks you through the value of objectives and the key element learners should look for to help them stay focused.

4 questions

Let's see how much of this lesson you have absorbed.


This lesson presents a time-tested model that is as valuable to learners as it is to educators. This lesson alone is worth the effort of taking this course and will go a long way toward increasing your child's effectiveness when thinking and learning.

5 questions

Ready to test your knowledge?


In this lesson I explain the value of combining what you now know about instructional objectives and the six levels of learning.

7 questions

Let's see how you're coming along with a few quiz items.


Locus of control isn't often discussed when talking specifically about learning. However, the affect of locus of control on learning is definitely worth considering. In this lesson I walk you through a basic definition of locus of control and how it impacts our learning.

This lesson is accompanied by an activity. Rather than take a quiz use the link below to determine whether your locus of control is internal or external.


This lessons focuses on learning style and cognitive style. Once you understand the definition and role of each, you can help your child identify their individual learning style and cognitive style and empower them to see that his or her needs are met.

This lesson is accompanied by an activity. Use the links below to determine your learning style.


Pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy are three different approaches to education. This lesson addresses the difference between the three and what that means for your child as a learner.

Don't forget to take your quiz upon completion of this lesson.

5 questions

Let's be sure you are comfortable with this information before moving forward.


Do you know the difference between telling, teaching, and training? This lesson explains each as well as the relationship between the three.

There is no quiz nor an activity to go along with this lesson. BUT, you still need to be sure you have mastered the lesson objectives.


Every learner comes to this "Y" in the road. Some successfully navigate this journey while others find themselves feeling lost and left behind. This lesson addresses how you can help your child successfully navigate this aspect of their learning journey.

Don't forget to take your quiz when you feel you're ready.

When To Switch Things Up
4 questions

Do you know the difference between thinking, studying, and learning? This lesson defines each and ensures that you can help your child assess whether or not he or she is operating in the correct dimension.

There is no quiz for this lesson.

At this point, you should really be focusing on how you want to work with your child. Some of you may have already started working with your child while others may still feel a bit nervous about it. If you feel you need help putting a plan together; don't worry I've got some great suggestions included in the final lesson. If you have specific questions, please post them on the course discussion board and we'll get you up and running.

Section 3: Now That You Know These 10 Things

So what does all of this look like when it's put into action? This final lesson examines what effective learning looks like in an easy to understand manner.

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Instructor Biography

Carla A. Downing, Ph.D., Learning & Performance Improvement Strategist

With 20 years of experience designing and developing high-end learning solutions and 15 years experience developing high-performance teams, Carla has a well-established record of results.

Carla's approach to teaching, training, and empowering others reflects her exceptional communication skills as well as several years teaching in higher education. She knows how to facilitate excellence and her workshops are known to surpass expectations. Carla holds an MS. Ed in Workforce Education & Development, and a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction (Instructional Design/Technology) from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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