Today, we have young children with strong visual skills for creativity, imagination, problem solving and so much more. These are natural skills are in high demand for a multitude of 21st century challenges. They stem from having good mental images from our first days in the planet -how else do we recognise our parents? Mental imagery is their natural way of learning – but, great imagery is not acknowledged or used to help their learning journey in school. In fact creativity still can often be discouraged. Why is this?
- Schools teach to an outdated curriculum, and then measure performance against it, without space for valuing individuals strengths.
- Maybe their parents or teachers don’t value their own mental images.
- Creative answers to any question may not match the national curriculum.
- Teachers and parents have not been taught that creating mental images of words is essential for fluent reading and spelling in English, before or in parallel with phonics
- Maybe dyslexia is becoming a “badge of honour”, but many others share dyslexic strengths without struggling with literacy.
- Children rarely get the opportunity to follow their passions.
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The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of Mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
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