“Students, do you know how this ray of light shows up in our line of sight?”

Let me tell you about a light wave.

“Light radiates from a source in waves. Each wave has two parts; an electric part, and a magnetic part. That’s why light is called Electromagnetic Radiation.”

Let me show you a light wave. How does it make you feel?

Let’s build a light wave and take a look at it in a 3-D manner.

These three ways of understanding the concept of a light wave involve REASONING. Our brains can reason in three primary ways. Reasoning involves making connections, identifying relationships, predicting potential events, reading between the lines, and making inferences.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning involves understanding and reasoning using concepts framed in words.

Abstract Reasoning

Abstract reasoning involves thinking about ideas and principles that are often symbolic or hypothetical.

Abstract reasoning is considered a type of higher-order thinking. This type of thinking is more complex than the type of thinking that is centered on memorizing and recalling information and facts.

Abstract reasoning requires thinking about ideas, principles, and objects in novel ways.

Examples of abstract concepts include ideas such as:

  • Humor
  • Imagination
  • Friendship
  • Freedom
  • Jealousy
  • Success
  • Love
  • Growth
  • Happiness
  • Hope
  • Wisdom

Spatial Perception

Creates understanding with 3-D projects or writing/creating.

To improve verbal reasoning:

  • make predictions before reading text
  • create associations between words
  • provide graphic organizers to help students to make connections between verbal concepts

To improve abstract reasoning:

  • tie words or actions to the pictures or abstractions taught
  • label the concepts
  • use the “why” and “how” questions

To improve spatial perception:

  • go on a journey and create a map for it
  • build a Lego set and use reasoning such as verbal or visual that helps with the steps
  • work with an OT to build motor planning

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