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Educating Different Kinds of Minds
How to get students interested in something
Expose them to a variety of activities, subjects, hobbies, jobs, and teaching styles so students can find what works for them and how their mind works.
Four Different Types of Thinking
Photo realistic visual thinkers are good object visualizers and are typically bad at algebra.
Verbal facts thinkers are good at language translation and typically bad at drawing.
Auditory thinkers' visual perception is fragmented.
Pattern thinkers are visual spatial and are good at music and math and typically bad at reading.
How to determine types of thinkers in children
Key determining factors
Math thinkers are good at mathematics, building things, computer programming, and music.
Verbal thinkers are good at facts and history.
Visual thinkers are good at art, building things and mechanical ability.
It's important to recognize the types of thinkers that children are in order to give them opportunities to learn in ways that best fit them and are the most beneficial to their way of thinking.
Different kinds of minds work together
The space program required several different kinds of minds to be successful including mathematician Katherine Johnson, engineers to manage the program, critical research people, and seamstresses to sew the suit.
Different minds and skills complement each other.
Too many kids are labeled
Labels can be anything but individuals with disabilities are typically labelled by their disability and treated differently because of their label.
Labels can lead to children being screened out by our educational system.
Examples of labels given to Thomas Edison include "hyperactive high school drop out" and "autistic". He did not let his labels define him.
Schools need to keep classes that foster creativity and problems solving
Common denominators of success for unique minds
Grew up with lots of books and learning
Early exposure to career interests with hands-on projects
Learned to work hard at an early age
Mentors to help start career path
Career entry with internships
Learned to drive
We need all different kinds of minds
Don't screen out children because their strengths are not in the core subject areas.
Provide opportunities for each child to find their interests and use their strengths.
Our world needs a variety of thinkers with a variety of skills in order to function.
ALL children can reach success
No matter students' starting points, disabilities, or backgrounds, students have the ability to be successful in their own way.
Focus on what students can do, rather than what they cannot do.
Different minds need to be educated differently
Educators need to differentiate instruction to their individual students' ability levels and interests.
With proper accommodations and modifications, all students will receive an education that prepares them for their future, whatever that might be for them.