It might be a shock to your brain that not everyone thinks the way you do! This was a revelation to now autism activist and animal behaviorist Temple Grandin in her 30’s. On the one hand, she knew that she was different from other people, but finding out that their entire thought process was different from hers brought a new perspective to her life–a research theme she has been chasing ever since.
We can fall into a similar trap, thinking that students learn the same way we like to learn, when really there is an incredible amount of neurodiversity out there, even in those who would self-identify as neuro-typical. Understanding how these differences work and how they manifest can help us better individualize our teaching for students as well as craft support materials that make a “many ways up the mountain” approach attainable.