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Transcript of Non-Verbal Learning
You can be identified as Non-Verbal after scoring at the 95th percentile or higher on a Cognitive Assessment. Our brains function differently. We think in pictures rather than words. We have a different brain organization than auditory-sequential learners. We learn better visually as opposed to auditorily.
That is the key to kids' success.
What does being identified as Non-Verbal mean?
Non-Verbally gifted students have the ability to draw conclusions based on a set of given information. Puzzles, manipulative games, patterning, and building/creating things come easy for kids who are gifted in this area. We can “see” how things go together and are able to “see” what is missing. Our thinking is often in the form of patterns or pictures.
How can you help Non-Verbally identified students learn?
Non-Verbal students sometimes get the worst grades because of how our brains work. Teachers will sometimes stand up in the front of the class and just talk. They also want all of us to remember what they are saying. Non-Verbal students turn their words into pictures in their heads. This is why we have trouble. Our brains can not convert your words into pictures quickly enough so we get behind. Since we strive for complexity we tend to over complicate what teachers are teaching us.
How also you can help Non-Verbal students learn?
Teachers can help Non-Verbal students learn using the following strategies:
Use visual directions, use models, pictures and graphs, create hands on learning experiences, Use Visualization techniques and the use of color, Make a Whole-to-Part approach and use context clues.
Why should you do this?
If you can begin to use some of the strategies, then you might not only see a rise in grade performance, but in students' confidence levels. If you are willing to change the way you teach in small ways, it can dramatically increase kids' grades, performance, and listening skills.
Non-Verbally gifted people are part of a larger category of visual-spacial learners.
30% of the population is visual-spatial.
That's approximately 281 students at Jenkins!
2-5 % are those are gifted