The Elephants in the Classroom:
Uncovering Every Student’s Natural Power of Mental Imagery to Enhance Learning
My latest book, The Elephants in the Classroom talks directly to parents and teachers, providing a much-needed new perspective on the explosion of learning difficulties in our classrooms… and empowering them, with simple skills, to make many aspects of learning easier.
Complementing Bridges to Success, this book explains how unlocking the use of mental imagery in a child’s thinking can enable them to maximise their learning experiences. The challenges faced by neurodivergent thinkers and learners (for example, those with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism) in today’s conventional teaching settings could be addressed by a better understanding of how students learn visually. This book explores how some of the most talented creative children, with unrecognised and tremendous potential, can be the ones who struggle most in school.
Hundreds of thousands of children are growing up, plagued by poor literacy, poor numeracy, the inability to concentrate, sensory overload and other problems that hold them back and may seriously affect their behaviour. Although committed to multi-sensory teaching and learning, schools often don’t know how students employ the critical thinking skills of mental imagery – this is visual learning.
The Elephants in the Classroom explains how these students, often with gifted with exceptional creative skills, can learn to control their mental images to make learning easier. Visual learning skills can be explored by parents at any age and easily taught, especially in primary school. Slightly adjusting how we educate children will allow them to maximise their learning experience. Although mental imagery is a natural skill for everyone, its contribution to learning is often overlooked.
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“What a real gem of a book that lights up some of the dark corners in the life of many children who struggle to learn – and this will definitely help their parents, teachers and carers to better support these kids and empower them to succeed. I have first-hand experience of many things she describes…and once there is a greater understanding of the challenges these beautiful children face, it is so much easier to feel compassion, empathy and patience rather than frustration! Any quick wins that support teachers to empower their students are worth adopting in an educational setting. ”Karen Falconer, CEO of the Association for NLP, mum and School Trustee.
“If you are reading this book then you are someone who wants to make a difference. The pages of this book could well hold your very own ‘lightbulb moment’, in how you think about learning and about learning differences” Sally Patrick, ex-headteacher, now training as a Special Needs Co-ordinator
“Big challenges are looming in the world. We don’t need angrier, resigned, frustrated, or hopeless people. The loss to society of so many talented people who could be contributing to themselves and others is enormous. The loss of the contributions that could have been made by creative people who think differently is impossible to calculate. We need all the neurodivergent students, who think differently, to resolve the challenges of today. It is time to stop complaining about the problems of education and time to introduce these proven concepts and methods into more and more schools. Do yourself the favour of reading this book, and of giving it to people who need it.” Art Giser, Creator of Energetic NLP
In this ‘upside-down’ world, Olive has revealed the scandal of thousands of talented children confined to a world of learning difficulties because they learn differently and do not have access to the simple life-altering skill of mental imagery. Her ground-breaking book is the start of an educational revolution. Dr. Richard De Souza, General Practitioner and Mental Coach.