And yes, I whole-heartedly agree with your appreciation of the diversity of our smarts and interests and talents and skills and whatevers - life would be awful if we were all the same! (PS: Math and imagination also go well together - I was excellent in math, but it just seemed like a game / puzzle to me - it never occurred to me it might have a professional use, so my last math class was in high school. )
My husband has a degree in applied mathematics, but he also took a lot of psychology classes (not sure if he actually had enough credits for a minor, but I know he considered it). He told me a story about one psych class he was in where there was a quiz involving considering what was a Rubik's cube or Soma cube, but where only the center spots on each block were a different color. You weren't allowed to ask questions in class, only raise your hand to have the professor take you in the hallway so nobody else could hear the conversation. He was absolutely convinced he had done something wrong because he finished it so quickly, and saw all the psych majors struggling and earnestly working. He did what I would have done -- imagined the cube, and counted the spots while mentally turning it over. The only other person who got the quiz right was a music major, who did the same thing as him. They told the psych majors "Well, we just turned it over in our hands...." Which completely freaked out everyone else in the class: "There isn't a cube! How could you have turned it around when it doesn't exist?"
I also went to a class at something a number of years ago where the guy talked about the different types of learning and how you have to factor in, if you're teaching something, whether a particular student learns better with hands-on, or seeing a demo, or reading the book. He talked some about Briggs-Meyers tests, and also about the seven "types" of intelligence (linguistic, logic/math, spatial, musical. bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, and Interpersonal). The class was geared towards people who were not specifically teachers in the traditional sense, but more towards people teaching stuff for the various activities for the organization we all belonged to. For instance, I've taught some needlework and fiber arts classes over the years, and try to have the classes small enough that I can go around and show each person individually how to do something like make the knots for mesh (it's the same technique as for making hammocks and fishing nets, but on a small scale to do embroidery over). When I first learned how to do it I didn't get it at ALL. (A friend had found some Victorian netting shuttles in an antiques mall, and had a workshop at someone's house teaching other people). Another person picked it up immediately, but I was lost. Following month? I still didn't get it. Third month meeting, I was still completely lost. Went home and found directions in a book I had, which had illustrations showing what the steps were and what you did with your hands at each point in the process and MADE myself learn it the next morning. And yes, now I can teach it to other people, and have -- and I TELL people the struggles I had getting the process set in my head and hands. Now I just need to figure out how to do it circularly, instead of working flat mesh out from a corner. I took a class that someone taught a couple of years ago, and bought her video, but it's a matter of setting up a frame and doing it enough to get the muscle memory set in my head.
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
ETA: Interestingly enough, my husband is really good at explaining technical/computer stuff, especially to me. He had a job a few years ago at a start up, which was trying to calculate more effective radiation treatments for cancer; he had to go to a bunch of conferences, and his main job at them was to be the "booth babe": explaining what they were working on to doctors and other scientists. A lot of times on car rides he will start talking about what he's doing at work, or videos/blogs he's seen, and can explain stuff to me without making it sound "dumbed down" to the non-tech person in the car...
Edited by inkstainedruth, 04 June 2020 - 16:45.
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