Being Visual: Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers
The majority of our school population depends on their visual skills to learn. These visual-spatial, right-brained thinkers are not just the art kids, but our future scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Our visual students, however, are struggling in a test-heavy education system that favors left-brain linear thinkers. For over 20 years, Young Rembrandts has helped tens of thousands of visual-spatial students reach their potential in the arts as well as the classroom. In Being Visual, Bette Fetter, the founder of Young Rembrandts, discusses strategies to increase your visual learner’s success in school, identifying: • Three key learning styles • Visual study techniques • Effective writing strategies • Visual needs of students with autism, ADD and dyslexia Fetter also presents a fresh case for art class as a critical must-have for students dependent on their visual skills to learn. Training in the technical skills of art provides tools for creative endeavors, while developing essential visual skills and learning activities in all children.
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Those ruled by the right side of the brain are commonly "visual-spatial" thinkers—they see the "whole" before the "how" and often struggle with following oral directions, essential in today's classroom. Artist and educator Fetter argues that in the educational setting they are "fish stuck in trees" whose minds are not being developed properly. These learners traditionally excel in subjects that "cultivate conceptual thinking, innovation, and collaboration in ways that academic subject matter cannot," yet given today's decreasing school budgets, cessation of the arts, and heavy emphasis on test-taking skills, they are being misunderstood, to our and their own detriment. Fetter also examines the disconnect between schools that are producing test-takers while businesses need thinkers and innovators, as well as looking at traditional differences between right and left brainers. In addition, the book offers teaching strategies for right-brained kids. VERDICT This subject is an important one for public educators, and Fetter provides a great starting point for appreciating vastly different learning styles.
Review: Being Visual: Raising a Generation of Innovative ThinkersUser Review - Lenore Webb - Goodreads
You see JD is a Visual Learner. She can see something and it sticks for her. Her skills for memorizing is amazing when she sees the same thing over and over again. I first noticed this when she was ... Read full review
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