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.