What is a visual spatial learner
Visual spatial learners are generally strong with visual spatial tasks, using ‘hands on’ materials and learning by doing and touching, but tend to have difficulty with sequential tasks such as planning and predicting in steps, which would show in written tasks.
Visual spatial learners tend to think with the whole picture rather than breaking the task into steps. These children can have a different learning style that is out of sync with traditional classroom teaching methods.
At Pro Ed we provide an overview and the framework to help visual spatial learners fit in and learn new material, helping them understand the details to form a relational between patterns of learning.
Visual spatial learners will often struggle with sequential learning such as moving from simple to more complex tasks. They can do well with difficult tasks in units once they have mastered the whole pattern, and have learnt how to break down the steps needed to complete a task.
The most important thing for teachers and parents is to acknowledge and understand the different learning style of visual spatial learners. Visual spatial learners can ‘zone out’ when tasks are mainly auditory or sequential.