November 28, 2012 by sarahmortonisp
As I started from the beginning, I saw that apparently there are three basic ways in which children learn: Visual, Kinesthetic, and Auditory.
-learn by seeing (charts, graphs, demonstrations)
-may grow impatient listening to a lecture-type lesson
-aids: colors, highlighting, flash-cards, etc.
-learn by doing (writing, hands-on activities)
-also may grow impatient listening to a lecture
-enjoy movement & involved lessons
-aids: building models, playing games, moving around, taking breaks, etc.
-learn by listening (hearing explanations rather than reading, reciting things)
-2 ways to study: with background noise (white noise); or only in complete silence for focus
-aids: reciting, audio books, associating words with other meanings, memory songs, etc.
I found this from the article: http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/826-what-is-your-childs-learning-style
The reason this is essential to teaching as a career is that, in a classroom of 30 students, there is bound to be a cocktail of different learners. Furthermore, most students learn in their own combination of the three styles. For this reason, it’s important to make sure, as a teacher, one incorporates a little of each style into every lesson. For example, reading a story about the solar system, then watching a video about it, then coloring a diagram of it and reciting the planet names with the familiar mnemonic device (before Pluto wasn’t a planet): “My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).
Another interesting idea is that, while children do have unique preferred learning styles; encouraging them to do well using new methods expands their ability to excel later in life. More than just being creative in lesson plans, this idea is important because it introduces a very important point in eduction: everyone learns differently, one of the biggest challenges in creating a successful classroom instead of a successful handful of A+ auditory learners.