PLN Activity#3_ Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin, a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, has autism. Most people think that autisms are brusque, geeky and unsociable. However, Grandin leads us to see autism in a different way. She emphasizes that people with autism think differently to explore the world. She takes herself as an example, she is a visual thinker who thinks in picture and doesn’t think in language. When talking about the churches, whole bunch of churches will come up in her imagination and they flash up in her memory, which likes google the pictures. Her ability of Visual thinking and characteristics of thinking in details has been an enormous asset in her career designing livestock facilities.

There are a lot of studies reveals that Autism may not be able to view the problem from other’s perspective when argument happened(Theory of Mind). However, Temple does have insights into animal minds and be able to provide them a better living environment! Isn’t it interesting?


From the above we know that everyone excels in different aspects and have their unique ways to think! Students can do well if they are highly engaged in the learning! How to turn them on? How to enlighten them? How to let them desire to learn new things? Those are really good questions worth thinking! In my opinion, I think we should teach students in accordance with their aptitude, modify the way of teaching to suit the special requirements of each case and seek the best adapted to the students!

This talk show not only brings out another understanding of autism, but also it inspires us to think what is the ultimate goal of education! Does it only aim to nurture people as Einstein? Or we also want to nurture people like Mozart and Van Gogh? Students entered the classroom with different skills and different needs as human beings. Teachers should try to help them to develop their unique minds to successful! We ought to think about all these kinds of mind and got to work with those because we definitely need kinds of people in the future.

If you want to know more about Temple Grandin, you can watch this movie—Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, which tells the school life of Temple, it’s absolutely an inspiring movie!!!

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