Temple Grandin @ CCIRA

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Temple Grandin is a professor in Animal Sciences at CSU. But that’s not all. She has overcome her autism to do great things.

Temple Grandin is a professor in Animal Sciences at CSU. But that’s not all. She has overcome her autism to do great things. Grandin has made many innovations in the world of the meat packing industry, advocating and designing more humane ways of livestock slaughter. Her accomplishments were depicted in the movie, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. She is an inspiration to many. Last week at the CCIRA conference, she spoke about different kinds of learning and thinkers. She also discussed how her autism causes her to think differently than others. This is why she understands so much about how kids need education specific to their learning type.

You have the math kids, then the verbal learners, and then the visual learners like her. “My ability in art was always encouraged,” Grandin said at the convention. She stressed how important it is that teachers know how we all need different things and for them to understand how all kinds of minds need to be taught. “Doing hands-on activities teaches practical problem solving” Grandin tends to compare her unusual mind to google images. Her autism, caused by complex genetics, allows her to “search up” one thing and come up with every related mental picture in her lifetime.

We can all use this information- not only teachers and parents, but kids as well. As students, we need to know how we learn best so we can put ourselves in the best possible learning situations. Whether you best learn, say, Spanish depends on what your learning style is. A visual learner may need to see a picture of “escuela” (school) to understand it. Verbally oriented kids can say it over and over to get the hang of it. Grandin taught a valuable lesson that day, although she is not the only one who preaches it. Many people share thoughts on learning types. If you are interested you can surely see someone in Colorado talk about it.