Writing my book, Being Visual, has been a long and insightful labor. Now that it’s complete (to be published September 2012), I have been honored to speak and share what it’s like to be a visual-spatial learner, the struggles these visual kids face in our current education system and some suggestions of how to better reach them. A few days ago, I spoke to a group of businessmen and women that work in the field of education, and when I was finished speaking, I was thankful to have several people from the group share their thoughts with me.
“I can’t wait to buy this book. I am going to send it to my family to show them who I am.”
“I finally understand what’s going on with my son. His teachers keep telling him he’s lazy. He’s starting to believe them and doesn’t even want to try any more. But now I get it. I get what’s going on.”
“You were describing my daughter. I pulled her out of school three years ago. She was discouraged and getting so lost. Her grades kept getting worse and worse and I saw her get more and more down on herself. I felt like I was losing her. I’ve homeschooled her these past few years using visual teaching techniques, and I feel like she’s back.”
Please know that I don’t want kids to be pulled out of school – no one wants that. But I’m confident there are ways we can adapt the ways we teach and test to better reach our visual-spatial kids. I am excited for the adventure ahead….