Reading through articles this week (and as a component of my current class) I had the pleasure of perusing this article the other day. The author’s reflections on how her thinking differs from that of most learners around her is a cogent reminder to educators that we should not approach students with preconceived notions of how they are learning. This individual is clearly high-functioning as a result of his different way of thinking, though others who think in pictures may not do as well in conventional instruction. Systems thinking encourages us to pay close attention to Mental Models, and reading this gave me a timely chance to reflect on how I have always viewed learning.
Credit goes to the New York Times for the picture.