A Theory Of Learning Styles Essay

1699 Words Mar 4th, 2015 null Page
A UDL approach to teaching recognizes and respects the fact that as individuals we are all very different and as such have a variety of learning styles, different levels of academic readiness, diverse cultural backgrounds and a wide array of personal interests. Traditionally, our schools and curriculum have been designed in a very fixed and inflexible fashion to meet the needs of a “fictitious average” student. However, this approach does not take into account the variability and diversity of all the students in our classrooms. As a result, there is a large segment of our student body that is viewed as failing or not meeting the standards as proposed by the traditional school model. “When curricula are designed to meet the needs of the broad middle – at the exclusion of those with different abilities, learning styles, backgrounds, and even preferences – they fail to provide all individuals with fair and equal opportunities to learn” (Rose & Gravel, 2009). The traditional model of schooling is very narrow-minded and expects all students to obtain information and demonstrate mastery in the same fashion.
I ask myself, why is it that knowing what we do about our brains and how the brain learns we continue to use this primitive model of schooling to teach our children?
Today, thanks to improvements in technology and brain imaging techniques, scientists have been able to obtain a wealth of information on brain activity. “We literally can look inside a brain and see which…

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