Are all the students the same?

Types of learners

learning_typesWhen 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

  • Visual learners learn primarily through the written word.
  • They tend to be readers who diligently take down every word.

AUDITORY LEARNERS

  • 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

  • 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?

learners

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

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Are you a good teacher?

120105_DS_goodTeacher.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-largeI remember to be asked that question and to be honest, I couldn’t answer it!!!  What makes a good teacher? What do I have to change in order to be considered a good teacher?  those were other questions that were in my mind. Looking for the answers, I found some good readings and videos that I would like to share with you.

What are some of the characteristics a good teacher must have? talking to my students and colleagues, we found some things that must be considered when talking about good teachers, such as  empathy, understanding, approachability, Knowledge and love of the subject, respect, motivation, energy, patience, fairness, management, etc. In the videos below, you can see different people trying to give characteristics of a good teacher. Do you agree with them?

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After watching the videos, do you have other characteristics to mention. Can you try to remember the best teacher you have ever had? Why do you think that teacher was an excellent teacher? What did he/she do in order to be considered good? Let’s share our comments!

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