Cognitive Development

Activities and Information for September 25th

INFORM: Module 3 is OPEN!

Please remember that we move quickly in this course to make sure we cover all material by thoroughly by the time your AP Exam is given in May. SO - Module 3 is already open, the pre-test is due, and the first assignment is due TODAY - Sept 25th!

More due dates are found at the bottom of this flyer!

INFORM: Peer Tutoring Center!

This week, the focus of the Peer Tutoring Center is TutorTalk. TutorTalk is one of the many elements of the Peer Tutoring Center. It is a blog written by our tutors for students and teachers, both traditional and online.

Our most recent TutorTalk article, "Navigating AP" by Josh K, can be found here:

As always, please remember that the PTC is there to assist you in many ways. Click on the link below to access this valuable resource!

Instruct! Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget is known for his theories of cognitive development. Piaget believed that children's thought processes change as they develop physically and as they interact with the world around them.

There are many elements of Piaget's theories that have become widely known. One such concept is that of object permanence - the idea that an object continues to exist even when we cannot see it. Young children only develop this understanding as they get older.

Piaget's Theories of Cognitive Development

Cognitive Development deals with thinking and mental activities.

Jean Piaget came up with these Cognitive stages.

Why? He wanted to understand how people developed their thinking skills over time.

The following should help explain his theory.


  • everything at this stage centers around learning by touching and tasting items
  • example: give a baby a toy key and they stick it into their mouth
  • birth to 2 years


  • children develop language, memory, and imagination
  • 2 to 7 years


  • children are developing factual knowledge
  • example: Algebra
  • 7 to 11 years


  • young adulthoods develop more abstract thoughts
  • 11 to adulthood

This is a helpful way to remember the different stages: Socks Protect Cold Feet

Socks - Sensorimotor

Protect - Preoperational

Cold - Concrete

Feet - Formal

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