I learn by visual example. In other words, I am a sight learner.
I can remember when I was in elementary school the perfect craft project would always come with a pre-made example. If it didn’t…I was lost. I would scratch my head in puzzlement, and wait until someone else started their project before I would start mine. Just so I could see what to do.
Yesterday at the fair, I was in charge of the free kid’s game at our outreach tent. It is a wheel with numbers on it. The
victim contestant selects a number, says it out loud, and then spins the wheel. If the number they selected lands on the arrow they win the grand prize. If it doesn’t they get a consolation prize.
As the children came up to the wheel and I explained the game to them I could see the different styles of learning in action. Some would listen intently to the directions and do what the game required (auditory.) Some would spin the wheel without selecting a number and then embarrassingly stop the wheel to start over (kinesthetic.) Some would try to pull the arrow off the board instead of spin the pegs (not sure what learning style that is,) and some would just stand their with that puzzled look on their face until I gave them a detailed physical descriptive example of what to do (sight.) Many of them were hesitant to try because they just weren’t sure, but that didn’t stop them from playing the game.
I could tell who the more advanced visual learners were because they would stand back and watch for a round or two before stepping forward to play. They are, what I would call, the ‘experienced sight learners.’
People are watching:
Titus 2:7 says, “Always set an example by doing good things. When you teach, be an example of moral purity and dignity. Speak an accurate message that cannot be condemned.”
This scripture makes me think of my example to others. Can they look at me and see that I practice what I preach? As a follower of Christ I pray and ask the Holy Spirit to enable me to be a good witness to the “experienced sight learner.”
For those who have watched me and noticed that I have failed miserably. Do not condemn or dismiss me. Look to the example I look to…
1 Timothy 1:16 says “However, I was treated with mercy so that Christ Jesus could use me, the foremost sinner, to demonstrate his patience. This patience serves as an example for those who would believe in him and live forever.”
Jesus, thank you for your word, for faith comes by hearing. Thank you for your example, so we can learn by looking to you. Enable our bodies to do what you would have them do to serve you. You are the Greatest Teacher. Amen