Learning Style And Learning Styles In The Classroom

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The ability of educators to understand student-learning styles increases the potential at which the students learn. When teachers know the various learning styles of the students in their classroom it is easier for them to adjust their teaching style to accommodate all students. There are different learning styles but the three most popular are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Students will always use all of their senses to process information but there are always preferences in how they learn best. Teachers can incorporate these different learning styles into their lessons, their activities, their centers, and even the curriculum. By implementing learning styles into teaching, students are able to succeed and learn at their highest potential. …show more content…
Visual learners think in pictures. In other words, they learn best seeing visual images. Visual learners tend to take extensive notes of the material being taught. They are dependent on the instructor’s body language and non-verbal cues to help them understand the material. I tend to put visual learners at the front of the classroom so other students’ movement or other activity in the classroom cannot distract them. They learn best through pictures, videos, graphics, diagrams, charts, and models. Auditory learners process information through hearing, listening, and interpreting information. They learn more proficiently from reading out loud and may struggle to interpret information that is written. They benefit from directions being read out loud and may not take notes because they would prefer to hear you. These students learn best through lectures, recording storytelling, music, verbalization, and questioning. Kinesthetic learners are hands-on learners. This is how I learn best so I tend to teach this way. These students prefer to interact with items, manipulatives, and the physical world. For the most part these types of learners can become distracted easily and have a difficult time focusing on the goal of the lesson. They tend to fiddle, move, kick their legs, tap their pencils, or make noise while visual or auditory learning is taking place. These students learn best through acting, role-play, clay …show more content…
The various styles of thinking and the way a student learns is as important as their intellectual ability. Ignoring students learning styles, and not changing your teaching styles puts students learning in jeopardy. Learning differences are not the same as differences in ability to do something, instead they are directly connected to how students achieve in academics. Students tend to do better on an assignment when it can be completed in their preferred style of learning and thinking. Students have a tendency to move towards learning activities that are compatible with their learning style, in the same way teachers plan activities that are compatible with their learning styles. Robert Sternburg is a Professor of psychology and education at Yale University. “He writes that just as governments carry out legislative, executive and judicial functions, so does the mind. The legislative function is concerned with creating, formulating, imagining and planning. The executive function is concerned with implementing and with doing. The judicial function is concerned with judging, evaluating and comparing. Sternberg believes that in each person, one function tends to be dominant” (Sternburg, 1990). Students are more inspired to perform better on activities that match their learning styles, therefore it is important for teachers to pay close attention and be

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