New Book: Step-by-Step Guide to Visual Learning for Teachers and Students

Posted by Visual Leap on November 9, 2015

Do you consider yourself a visual learner? The fact is, to varying degrees, we all are. The human mind is hard wired to find patterns, seek solutions and piece together information. The problem is that education today bludgeons students with facts and formulas to recall and recite and fails to teach students how to actually think independently. In the process, millions of insightful creative minds are stifled through debilitating and frustrating school experiences.

In his new book, VISUAL LEAP: A Step-by-Step Guide to Visual Learning for Teachers and Students (Lamprey & Lee; October 6, 2015) Jesse Berg delivers a go-to method for teachers, students, and parents who want to make learning easier and more joyful in a way that matches how people really learn. Strategies like Summary Man, Reverse Mind Map and Constructed Response Magic are intuitive and flexible. Berg’s light hearted yet substantive BOWL and LADLE process of visually developing ideas is firmly rooted in learning theory yet it makes learning feel more like solving puzzles than toiling over topic sentences.

“Growing up I always had a hard time learning new concepts – others told me that it was because I was too right-brained…but with mind mapping I feel that I can express information in a way that is more natural to me…Thank you for teaching me how to learn.” – Karim, 2015 High School Graduate

His visual step-by-step methods show learners how to think critically and organize ideas for virtually any academic task. Effective across grade levels and subject areas and for a wide variety of instructional objectives, these visual strategies improve reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary acquisition, note taking, and more.

The Visual Leap method simplifies teaching of the skills needed for the Common Core State Standards and gives teachers explicit ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Beyond teaching specific skills, however, this book helps educators teach students how to think for themselves. “The ultimate goal is to nourish students with strategies they can use independently in diverse situations when the questions they have to solve are open-ended and have no clear-cut right or wrong answers,” Berg writes.

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