I think we all agree that no two people have the same strengths and weaknesses. But because we cannot observe the inner workings of the brain, it’s easy to assume that what helps us learn, will help everyone. In fact, some teachers and parents may insist on certain approaches. So should parents and teachers step out of their own preferred ways of learning and accommodate the unique needs of others? How can this possibly be done?
What are the 12 Ways of Learning?
So instead of thinking about fixed or limited ways of learning, think about teaching students in ways, that honors all 12 ways of processing information. This approach looks at:
- Visual Learning: incorporates pictures, drawings and even personal visualizations. This helps students learn through imagery.
- Auditory Learning: involves learning through listening. This helps students to learn how to focus on and determine the salient information from what they are hearing.
- Tactile Learning: consists of touching or feeling objects or artifacts. It also involves the encoding of information when taking notes or drawing things out.
- Kinesthetic Learning: encompasses learning while moving one’s body. For many students, movement can help enhance engagement in learning and memory of information.
- Sequential Learning: entails teaching students in a step by step manner that sequences instruction by time, alphabetical order or a numerical series. This prepares students for outlines, timelines, completing long term assignments, and keeping materials organized.
- Simultaneous Learning: involves teaching children how to categorize materials. This prepares students for webbing information, conceptualizing main ideas, understanding flow charts and diagrams, as well as keeping materials organized.
- Verbal Learning: incorporates teaching children how to process ideas aloud. This helps students participate in class discussions and feel comfortable expressing ideas.
- Interactive: consists of teaching children how to work with others. This trains learners to collaborate and work in groups.
- Logical/Reflective Learning: encompasses teaching children how to reflect upon or think about what they are learning. This prepares students to work independently and process ideas internally.
- Indirect Experience Learning: entails teaching children how to watch and learn from a demonstration. This helps students attend to and glean information from vicarious learning experiences.
- Direct Experience Learning: involves teaching children how to use their own environment to learn. This informs students that continuing education is ever present in our everyday surroundings and that there are fabulous learning experiences available through museums, aquariums, historic sites and other locales.
- Rhythmic Melodic Learning: consists of teaching children how to use melodies and rhythm to learn. This provides students the tools to utilize beats, songs, or melodies when trying to memorize novel information.
Are Some Unable to Learn all 12 Ways?
Should Students Learn to Step Out of Their Comfortable Ways of Learning?
What Can Parents Do?
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