MemberSeptember 23, 2020 at 10:05 pm
Spatial reasoning is being able to visualise, build, rotate shapes in your mind or on paper to help solve problems.
It is important because we need to be able to visualise worded descriptions of problems by turning the words into a diagram that can help solve the problem. Its amazing how many time students ask for help with a question, and I ask them did you draw something and they say no. Once they draw a diagram or build a model that can be rotated, the problem becomes more solvable for them. The ability to rotate a 3-dimensional shape and to see the internal angles formed when diagonal lines are drawn from one vertex to another is also an example of spatial reasoning.
I think building with Lego as a child really develops the foundations for strong spatial reasoning skills. To be able to put ideas to paper and create visual representations is another important outcome of strong spatial reasoning skills. Its turning the imagined into reality.