Critical Thinking Tool

The Logic Die is a Critical Thinking Tool

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Logic Die aka Gold Die

The Logic Die™ is an effective mnemonic device utilized to facilitate change and achieve goals. Each side of the die teaches an important lesson. It helps us to organize our thoughts and develop plans of action. Mnemonic devices are memory tools. They are used to trigger our memory so that we can recall important information as needed. Ours’ triggers a systematic process for problem solving.

Oxford University Press’s publication, The Oxford Companion to the Mind provides us with a clear explanation of the word mnemonics:

“In general terms, mnemonics are mental techniques aimed at helping us to learn and remember specific items of information. They provide organization in terms of which we can more easily comprehend and remember information…”

The Logic Die™ provides a step-by-step process for thinking through any situation or problem, regardless of whether or not that challenge is small and insignificant or a Goliath sized issue. Using mnemonics establishes a systematic approach to thinking. Each numbered side of the die has a very specific meaning, requiring action on the user’s behalf; as do the eight “Points” and the twenty-four “Lines of Action”, which we will discover later.

The Logic Die’s primary purpose is to help us gain, organize and utilize the knowledge. Most of us already know what we need to know to be successful; although, sometimes we have difficulties putting it all together in a timely manner. The Logic Die™ is a self-help tool. It provides a system of thinking which will help us connect the dots in our lives, so that we can accomplish more, in less time. Our personal and corporate productivity will skyrocket as we utilize this tool. Our efforts will be significantly rewarded as we take control of our circumstances.

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines logic: “The science of the formal principles of reasoning” They define a device as: “A piece of equipment or mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function.”

By combining the two previous descriptions we form the bases for our definition of the term Logic Die™: “The Logic Die™ is a piece of equipment used in formal reasoning.”

When we merge Webster’s definition of the words “logic and device” with Oxford’s explanation of the term “mnemonics” we can grasp a better understanding of what the Logic Die™ actually is and how it can be beneficial.  Here is our expanded definition:

Department of EducationThe United States Department of Education funded a major project for the American Institute for Research to produce a report under agreement H326K020003 titled, “Using Mnemonics Instructions to Facilitate Access to the General Education.”

Here are some key findings:

Mnemonic instruction is an instructional strategy commonly used with students who have disabilities as well with their non-disabled peers.  It is designed to improve memory of key information.  Mnemonics instruction facilitates access to the general education curriculum by giving students the tools they need to better encode information so that it will be much easier to retrieve it from memory at later points.

Mnemonics is a memory enhancing instructional strategy that involves teaching students to link new information that is taught to them to the information that they already know.

Under Evidence of Effectiveness, we learned:

All four experiments of the study repeatedly showed that those students who use mnemonics substantially outperformed those who did not use them…  Mnemonic instruction has also been shown to be an effective strategy for increasing student comprehension test scores.

The research report concluded:

“Teachers and administrators should consider mnemonic instruction a useful tool on a continuum of strategies that require varying levels of teacher involvement and student independence.”

The Logic Die™ is a piece of equipment that establishes mental techniques for remembering a system of formal reasoning.

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