Are You a Creator? An Essay for Kids! (page 2)
Kids seem to come in two basic designs: some are good at school and some are good at creating. There are also some who are good at both, and everybody can become better at one or the other. Those who are good at school can become better at creating, and those who are good at creating can become better at school.
If your parents were both good at school, you stand a better chance of being good at school as well. If one of your parents was not so good at school, you might struggle with school, too. So what can you do about it?
Well, you can be stressed, or you forget to do your homework, or you can put off your homework, or you can argue with your teachers, or you can refuse to go to school. But these don't solve the problem. Worse, they keep you from being able to reach your goals in life. You need a real solution. I have one for you.
Learning isn't hard. You learn lots of things quite easily. You're really smart outside of school. What are the things you do really well?
I'll bet you missed some things that are important. Check which of these things are easy for you:
|Taking things apart||___________________|
|Making new things out of old stuff||___________________|
|Building with Legos or K'Nex||___________________|
|Playing computer games||___________________|
|Making friends with animals||___________________|
|Knowing how to get to places you visited once||___________________|
|Making up silly jokes||___________________|
|Making up stories||___________________|
|Making someone who is sad feel better||___________________|
|Pretending to be somebody else||___________________|
|Playing by yourself||___________________|
If you checked a lot of these things, you are probably a different kind of learner: a visual-spatial learner (or VSL). You think in pictures instead of words. You think about things all at once instead of step-by-step. You have a wonderful imagination. You know more than others think you know. You solve problems in unusual ways. You know things, and you can't always explain how you know them.
You may have trouble with spelling. You may have a hard time memorizing your multiplication facts. You may lose track of time. You are probably not well organized. But you can do some things that amaze others, like being able to see something upside-down or from different angles in your head. You are a natural builder or inventor. You may be an artist or a musician or a storyteller or a whiz with computers or someone who can take things apart and figure out how they work. You may be great with numbers or puzzles or science. You may be especially kind to others, knowing just how other people (or animals) feel.
VSLs have secret powers. If you are a VSL, you can change the world. You can change school. You can change anything that you can picture in your mind. Here's a test of your secret powers. See if you can make people smile-even people you don't know. Smile and see if they smile back.
You can change the world because you can create something new. You can change school because you can create new ways to do things. You can change anything by seeing it clearly in your mind. It takes time and practice, but picturing things really works.
Try this. Close your eyes and picture yourself catching a ball. Can you slow the picture down in your mind? Can you see where the ball is going to land if you don't catch it? Can you put yourself in line with the ball? Can you see yourself catching the ball?
Ask someone to throw you a ball. Right before they throw the ball, close your eyes and picture the ball slowly coming toward you. Picture yourself catching it perfectly. Then have them throw it. Were you able to catch it? Keep doing this and you will become better and better at catching balls. You can use this trick to become better at anything you want to do!
Reprinted with the permission of the Visual-Spatial Resource. © 2004-2007, Visual-Spatial Resource. All rights reserved.
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