Thursday, August 25, 2016

pattern recognition

After removing 25 feral hogs from the immediate neighborhood we had had some hopes of returning to normal and have begun restoring the rock wall that form the garden beds around our home. I am pretty good at recognizing patterns in the rocks and quickly assessing how they will fit gaps in the wall, but this is a skill area my wife admits is a particular challenge for her. Pattern recognition, spatial sense, and visualization are particular expressions of intelligence used in measuring IQ, and are closely associated with the kinds of play devised by Friedrich Froebel though the use of his gifts. According to the IQ test Labs with regard to pattern recognition:
Out of all mental abilities this type of intelligence is said to have the highest correlation with the general intelligence factor, g. This is primarily because pattern recognition is the ability to see order in a chaotic environment; the primary condition for life.
These kinds of intelligence are also closely associated with wood shop, though few educational policy makers seem willing to admit that could be the case. Is IQ something we either have or don't have? Or are their experiences in childhood that help to develop a higher IQ? I suspect there are, and that having experience in the manipulation of objects helps. For instance, this question involving Rubrik's cube:

How many folks have actual experience in the manipulation of Rubrik's cube? Without experience in it one would have far greater difficulty arriving at the right answer.

I have been meeting with my fellow teachers at the Clear Spring School to plan for the coming school year.

In the wood shop,  I've been using my own pattern recognition skills to continue work on my small chapels of wood. The holes drilled in the shelves are to position turned samples of 27 Arkansas woods.

Make, fix, create, and offer others a chance of learning likewise.

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