The National Curriculum calls for visual learning so why don’t we tell our teachers how a child learns visually?

Teachers are taught to teach visually, but not how a child learns visually. The National curriculum calls for multi-sensory teaching and learning, so why are we not educating our teachers in how children learn visually and how they organise their mental images for the best results.

We all have access to pictures from memory, we even know that children at 6 weeks old have this skill.  How do we know that?  A developmental test is to check a child smiles at their mother at 6 weeks.  How do they do that? Because they have a mental image of their mother and if she put on a pink curly wig, they would cry, as she no longer matches the picture they have of mum in their mind.

As we learn we need to develop the skill to retain images, words, numbers etc, but there is no instruction in this in our schools, and it is too important to be left to chance.  If I ask you to visualise a cat you may have one cat, other more creative people may have 50 cats and they are all fighting.  Who is going to be able to concentrate better in school?

Teaching people how to get the most effective visual memory is so easy, it should be specifically mentioned in the early years framework, but understanding of visual memory does not appear in that document!

Take a look at these short videos if you want to learn more about how someone learns visually. “the best description of learning difficulties I have ever heard” Paula, an ex head-teacher.   This one is about literacy.

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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2 Responses to The National Curriculum calls for visual learning so why don’t we tell our teachers how a child learns visually?

  1. Having educational murals painted in schools is an excellent way of achieving this. The scale of murals means that they are easy for children to understand and constantly seeing the same information, day in, day out, means that it sticks. My website will give some ideas.

  2. Sarah, thanks for this and as much as I love educational murals, they teach children visually. Where a number of our children are stuck is learning visually. Like learning to ride a bike you can watch others endlessly, but you need to sort out your own balance etc, no-one can do it for you

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