Teaching individuals how they need to be taught

Over the past few decades it is becoming more and more clear that everybody does not learn in the same ways as everyone else: what works for Jonny does not work for Susie.  Fortunately much research has gone into this and several alternatives are available for parents to decide how they want their children to learn.  As we learned in class, the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning is becoming popular and their is even a school in Utah that teaches under its philosophy.  Our textbook also describes how schools would be ran if Piaget or Vygotsky  was in charge.  These schools are all breaking the mold when it comes to traditional teaching but still might not work for everyone if it isn’t how the child learns best.

There are essentially three different types of learners; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  Even though many of us can fall into more than one category, according to Randall Shirley the majority of people have one distinct learning type over the other types.

The first type of learner is the visual learner.  They learn best through written word and site and benefit from charts and graphs.  They typically take down the most notes and can learn very well on their own.  Auditory learners (learning style #2) are the people who love discussions in class.  They work really well in groups and are (obviously) good listeners.   The last group, kinesthetic learners, learn best by doing or moving.  For example a kinesthetic style learner who is trying to learn math would probably benefit most by picking up rocks, counting them and seeing first hand what happens when you add or take some rocks, rather than watching their teacher write on the chalkboard addition problems.  They also tend to learn best by practicing and refining techniques (Armstrong).

Learning is not a problem if you can find out the best way to do it for everybody.  There are tests that can be taken to figure out what type of learner someone is, but by simply working with someone and talking to them you are just as likely to find out what is going to help for them.

Tracy Hubertz

Armstrong, Brian.  Presenting to different types of learners. http://homeworkhelpblog.com/presenting-to-different-types-of-learners/

Shirley, Randall.  Which One Are You?. http://www.worldwidelearn.com/how-do-you-learn.htm.

~ by tracyhubertz on October 23, 2009.

One Response to “Teaching individuals how they need to be taught”

  1. You brought up some great examples for why Reggio Emilia schools would be a more beneficial school for many children. I also liked how you defined each learning style. Great post!

    By: Ashley Crawford

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