Types of learners
When I first started teaching, I thought all my students were going to learn the same way, but how mistaken I was!!!! As a teacher I need to know the way my students learn in order to help them. Looking for information about the types of learners and the way to present the information we teach, I found very good websites that present excellent ideas.
There are 3 types of learners: visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners.
- Visual learners learn primarily through the written word.
- They tend to be readers who diligently take down every word.
- Auditory learners learn primarily through listening.
- They focus their ears and attention on your words, listening carefully to everything you say.
- They like to talk rather than write and relish the opportunity to discuss what they’ve heard.
- Kinesthetic learners learn better by doing.
- This group learns best when they can practice what they are learning.
- They want to have their hands on the keyboard, the hammer, or the test tube because they think in terms of physical action.
How can I present the information of the class to the different types of students?
Visual learners: Write it!!!
- provide written materials and exercises
- Write key words on board or flip chart
- Ask them to write a response
- Use visuals or graphics
- Ask them to be recorder in a group
- Involve them through visual/spatial sense
Auditory learners: Say it!!!
- State the information
- Ask audience to describe specific info
- Provide discussion periods
- Encourage questions
- Foster small group participation
- Utilize audiovisuals and CDs
Kinesthetic learners: Demonstrate it!!!
- Demonstrate how a principle works
- Ask them to practice the technique
- Encourage underlining and highlighting key words
- Provide real-life simulations
- Offer hands-on activities
- Involve them physically
Teaching is an art and as artists, we have to give the best to share what we love!!! By knowing the way our students learn, we are helping them more to overcome the obstacles in the learning process.
What else can you say about types of learners?
Taken from: http://webhome.idirect.com/~kehamilt/spklearn.html