Leigh Ann - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
My daughter was an "A" student in the second grade. She made high honor roll yet again, but luckily for us, her teacher noticed a problem in the classroom. She was struggling to consentrate. She wasn't able to finish her classwork. She seemed to be day dreaming most of the time. She suggested that we have her tested by a child phycologist.
First I stayed in the classroom to watch what was happening. For the first thirty minutes she was supposed to write in her journal. Copying one paragraph off the board and then create 1 or 2 more on her own. She was all over the board. If there was any kind of noise, she would turn and watch. She would try to get back to writing, but just couldn't. Feeling the pressure that the other students were finishing, she would almost breakdown. During the day, if she didn't get her classwork finished she just started stuffing it into her desk, or just turning it in unfinished.
We realized that we did need to do something. When she was "one on one" she did great, but just could not keep up with the classroom environment. So I called a child phycologist and set up the testing appointment.
WOW...what I learned about my child. She was absolutely brilliant. She scored extremely high in an IQ test. But as the testing continued, her problems became apparent. She was a visual spatial learner. I wasn't even sure what a visual spatial learner was, but soon I was diving head first into the world of knowledge. Taking in everything I could to learn how my child saw and dealt with the world around her.
VSL see their world in pictures, even 3-D pictures. They ask lots of questions and think out of the box. They need to know what is the big picture! They tend to learn all at once and when they get the big picture, it's their AAH HA moment. They learn better visually than auditorally.
Unfortunatly for children who are VSL's, school mostly use the auditory sequential style of teaching, "Step by step, then shown the big picture", "follow verbal instructions", "sit and listen to a lecture". VSL's are hands on, out of the box, picture thinkers. If they can't follow what the teacher is trying to get across to them in the auditory sequential style, they feel lost, inadequate, even stupid. They get easily distracted and then just shut down. Appearing to the teacher as having attention problems or even worse ADD or ADHD.
Hopefully we can discuss what's going on at home and school. What is working and what is not. How to help our children realize their true potential. Most agree that VSL make the best engineer's, doctor's, artist's, and scientist's.