So, what is visual thinking?

• It is a process that involves looking closely at the objects position, color, shape, size, and shading.
• It is a process that involves seeing or noticing what is there and what isn’t, as well as where, how much, and why something might be in the picture.
• It is a process that involves imagination that sees what isn’t or could be there.
• It is a process that involves creating a framework to explain the picture.
• It involves the ability to create graphically and see patterns.

Move your mouse over each picture to check your answer.

View a Visual Thinking Activity

### Inferential Thinking

Inference is the process of analyzing and applying clues to observations to make educated guesses and draw a logical conclusion.  It is a skill in the inductive thinking process.    Learning to make inferences is critical in geometry.

If you can look at a problem or figure and identify what you see in terms of definitions, relationships, and assumptions, you can begin to ask curious questions or draw probable conclusions that can be tested.   These questions or speculated conclusions you develop become conjectures.

Logical thinking is the process that uses reasoning to come to a conclusion.  Logical thinking involves organizing facts, relationships between facts, and conclusions in a sequential structure that makes sense.  To think logically is to think in meaningful steps.

Logical Thinking Practice Games

Pay attention to your thought processes as you attempt the following games.

This game involves removing a certain number of matches from a grid while leaving a specific number of squares remaining. Matches Game

This puzzle involves shifting three things across a river, one at a time, two of which will eat another if left alone. Logic Game

Thought Pattern Possibilities:

• Applying a tested or familiar method to your approach
• Making a plan
• Trial and Error
• Making moves in order

Visual Thinking Skills: Assist you with seeing and studying the pictures, figures, or diagrams for details.

Inferential Thinking Skills: Assist you with making connections, recognizing relationships, and making educated guesses.

Logical Thinking Skills:   Provide you with a method to organize your thoughts, a method for testing possibilities, and a method of supporting your findings.