Understanding Nonverbal Concepts

Concepts come in a variety of forms. Nonverbal concepts are most often thought about through visualization, rather than through language. The concepts of proportion and perimeter, for example, can be understood and applied through mental imagery. This chart describes some important skills related to understanding nonverbal concepts.

Necessary SubSkillsCommon ObstaclesHelpful Tips
Student is able to develop his/her understanding of nonverbal concepts, and those concepts that depend on spatial ability, such as geometric forms.Student has difficulty developing his/her understanding of nonverbal concepts, and/or those concepts that depend on spatial ability, such as geometric forms.view
Student has an adequate degree of nonverbal conceptual understanding, for example, is able to visualize and apply nonverbal concepts and work through problems that involve nonverbal concepts.Student does not grasp concepts at an adequate level, for example, cannot visualize or apply nonverbal concepts, cannot work through problems that involve nonverbal concepts, etc.view