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# Are You a Creator? An Essay for Kids! (page 4)

Visual Spatial Resource Center
Updated on Dec 16, 2008

Here are some ideas of how you can help yourself with schoolwork:

1. When the teacher teaches you a new lesson, close your eyes and picture it in your mind's eye.
2. When you are reading, close your eyes at each punctuation mark and picture what you are reading.
3. Picture spelling words in your mind. Make wild and crazy pictures out of the letters. Spell each spelling word backward by looking at your picture. If you can spell the word backward, you can spell it forward. You'll remember your picture.
4. When you have to remember something, see if you can put it to music.
5. Can you make videotapes in your mind of concepts you are learning at school? Can you speed up the videotape? Can you slow it down and play it in slow motion? Can you zoom in on some part of it? Can you freeze one frame and study it closely? Can you rewind your tape, and do an instant replay of one part?
6. Use your imagination to make a lesson or an assignment more interesting. Can you create a story about it? Can you draw a picture of it? Can you make something three-dimensional to represent the concept? Can you make a game out of it?
7. Can you relate what you are learning to something you love?
8. Color-code ideas you are trying to learn with a highlighter. Are some ideas easier to remember in blue? Red? Purple?
9. Can you learn to use a keyboard and type your assignments?
10. Create a fantasy in your imagination about what you are learning. It makes the subject more fun, and helps you remember the material better.
11. If you have trouble lining up numbers when you add or subtract them, try using graph paper, or turn lined paper sideways.
12. If you have trouble memorizing your math facts, try drawing a picture to represent the most difficult ones. If you like ice cream cones, but you can't remember 7 x 3, draw 7 ice cream cones, each with 3 scoops of ice cream. Put 7 x 3 = ___ at the top, and 3 x 7 = ___ at the bottom. Count the scoops and write in the answer. Put your picture up in your bedroom until you can picture your ice cream cones each time you hear 7 x 3 or 3 x 7. Draw a different picture for each of the other math facts that stump you.
13. If you have trouble creating outlines for papers, use the computer program, Inspiration, (or Kidspiration) to help you organize your ideas visually.
14. If you have trouble finishing tests during class time, ask your teacher for more time.
15. If you keep forgetting your books, ask to borrow a second set to use at home.
16. Write down your assignments in a planning book, so that you know when they are due. If you have trouble understanding an assignment, ask your teacher.
17. If you have trouble completing an assignment, come up with a creative way to demonstrate your understanding of the material in another way. Can you make a Power Point slide show for the class instead of writing a paper? Can you create a diorama or some other three-dimensional project?
18. If you have an assignment log, keep it updated daily. Set a deadline every night for your homework.

There are lots of ways you can help yourself with schoolwork. Maybe you've figured out some ways on your own that no one else has. We'd love for you to send us your ideas so that we could share them with other kids like you. Please send your ideas to our website: www.visualspatial.org. We will post them on a bulletin board to help other visual-spatial learners.

Now do you see what I mean by your special power? You can use this power to be successful in school, even though school may not be your favorite place. You can use this special power to help you with any challenge you face! Then, if you can find a way to make learning fun, and make it easier for you to learn, you'll have found a way to reach your dreams and goals in life.

*From Silverman, L. K. (2003). Are you a creator? Gifted Education Communicator, (Spring), 34(1), 12-13.