Play to the Strengths of Each Type of Learner in Your Classroom
As teachers, we recognize that not all students learn at the same rate, and it can be difficult to navigate your way through the different types of learning.
Many children struggle to learn from textbooks, but you can utilize a variety of different activities in your classroom to help bring out their strengths rather than navigate around potential weaknesses.
Some parents might not know what types of learners their children are, so it’s important for teachers to be informed to make sure you’re not only helping the students learn their very best, but so you can educate parents on their children’s strengths as well.
Here are some great ways to teach children based on what kind of learner they are.
The 4 TYPES OF LEARNERS - AND HOW TO HELP THEM LEARN
If a child is an auditory learner, they learn best from hearing and speaking. You might find them speaking out loud to themselves a lot, repeating phrases they hear often, or singing a song from the radio.
These learners will learn best if they’re able to speak out loud about the concepts of the lesson. Discussions are a great way to teach them about each topic. To help your auditory learner retain the information, make up rhymes or songs about the essential facts or do tasks that require phonetic analysis. Free downloadable resources for auditory learners can be found here and are great resource to share with parents who want to help at home.
A visual learner will learn best when they see something demonstrated in front of them and can get a good visual. You may find that your visual learner tends to doodle while you’re teaching.
Use diagrams and charts to illustrate the information from your lessons visually when you can, or substitute a subject with an educational video. Watching an informative movie is a great way to let parents provide additional learning opportunities for their children at home. Science, in particular, is a great subject to learn through educational movies because visual learners can see experiments happening right in front of their eyes."
READING AND WRITING LEARNERS
When it comes to reading and writing learners, not surprisingly, they learn best by reading and writing. Do you have a bookworm in your classroom? Use their love for reading to help them learn in a more efficient way!
A great way to help these students remember the information you’re teaching is to have them rewrite their notes to study. Constantly rewriting and reviewing notes will make the lessons stick! Another great activity is to have them write a summary of what they’ve learned at the end of each day. Encourage parents of reading and writing learners to take their children to local libraries and encourage additional reading on their own for fun.
Kinesthetic learners learn best from hands-on activities. Your student will want to use their senses when learning a lesson, so revolve your teachings around letting them touch instead of just sitting still. Your student will love hands-on-activities like using play-dough or Legos- beneficial because children often forget they’re even learning in the first place! Check out these 20 activities for learning with Legos to use with your kinesthetic learner.
When speaking with parents, no matter what kinds of learners your students are, make sure you’re utilizing their learning style to get the most out of the school day! From educational videos to silly songs, you’ll be sure to find something that fits perfectly for you and your students. With a good grip on the variety of learners there are, teachers can better support and communicate with parents regarding learning styles.
Thanks to Pure Flix for sharing their thoughts on the types of learners as well as this helpful infographic: