There are five major tools or competencies students need to develop to be successful life-long learners. Design-Lab Schools understands that limiting education to the 3 R's – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic – weakens rather than strengthens student learning. The human brain requires words, numbers, sounds, movement, and vision to learn, think and communicate successfully.
LINGUISTIC (language) ability is a method of human communication consisting of written or spoken words in a structured and conventional way by members of a community or country.
NUMERICAL (numbers) ability is the application of numbers and quantities in disciplines such as physics and engineering. Mathematics is the language of science.
AUDITORY (sound) ability is the processing of vibrations that travel through the air or another medium that can be heard by people, animals and devices in the form of speech, music, ambient noise, sound effects, acoustics, and recording technology.
KINESTHETIC (movement) ability is changing physical location or position of parts of the body or machines by sensory organs, muscles, joints or equipment to learn, think and communicate information and ideas.
VISUAL (visualization) is the forming of images, objects, places and experiences by producing a mental image (imagining) to record, store and convey information and ideas to others.