The Multi-Sensory Learner

In my previous blog, I mentioned that teaching in a holistic way was the ONLY way to serve our new breed of kids – those children born with gifts such as highly developed intuition, curiosity and wisdom beyond their years, seekers of the truth, an ability to read situations intuitively, and much more.  Please see blog for week of July 2 for more explanation and an understanding of Indigo children.

A child’s mind has multiple layers, and not only do kids have rational minds which are necessary for such things as daily tasks or numbers rules, but they also have imaginative, empathetic, and contemplative minds to give a few examples.  An imaginative mind distinguishes itself by being able to build bridges between the known and the unknown, and seems to adjust to larger fields of consciousness or things that are not literal.  An example of an empathetic mind, would be a child or adult who is highly sensitive and loving, one who seeks to understand others and can go from “I” to “we”.   A contemplative mind can use techniques such as mindfulness or meditation to reduce stress and tension.  This is a gift many young people have today – a natural inclination to open the gateway to higher levels of consciousness or spirit.

So, how do we teach, using a whole-child or holistic approach?   One way is to include the body-mind spirit connection into the curriculum, teaching meditative techniques, getting kids out in nature more, creating bonds through exercises where teamwork and fair play are recognized and rewarded, and engaging students using multi-sensory forms of learning.  It’s interesting to note that “80% of school curriculums are geared toward the verbal learner, but 80% of the new kids are visual / spatial learners.”  Dr. Linda Kreger Silverman, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual- Spatial Learner.  Thus, kids drop out of schools in droves because they become disinterested and bored.

It is fascinating to note, after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, an opportunity to extinguish the existing educational system became available, and educators began to teach using interactive whiteboards which engaged students in a multi-sensory way including vivid images, video, and audio which supplement each other.  Until that time, the city of New Orleans had one of the lowest test scores in the nation, but with the new teaching model, they soared to the highest percentiles, proving poverty, homelessness, lack of parental attention, and even hunger were not barriers when a proper environment for learning was afforded.

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