Learning a new process, concept, or theory isn’t easy. People learn in different ways. I can remember 6th grade with vivid detail, especially math class. I have always been good with numbers. A few weeks ago I was sitting with my Mom and we were going over some of her accounting. She was astounded that I could rattle off sequences of numbers or amounts without looking at my notes. I don’t know why. I just can ‘see’ them. But word problems at that time, stumped my young brain. Until, I drew out what was being asked on paper into a cartoon. I wasn’t approaching the problem correctly for my brain. I wasn’t asking myself the question: What is the problem asking me to do? I was looking for the numbers to crunch. I was fixated on the numbers. I knew I had to calculate something, but there was more to the puzzle. I know that now. I had to visualize what was being asked.
I’m a visual thinker.
Research has shown that we are all visual thinkers (Buzan)
Therefore, grasping knowledge and acquiring understanding, is best ‘seeing’ the process, visualizing the process and actually immersing yourself in the process.
Hence, why I love projects.
And scenario based projects are one way of accomplishing that goal.
This semester all of my classes have a form of project, and I will be posting helpful hints here, and in our learning management system to aid them in completion.