Thursday, June 3, 2010

Discover your learning style...why?

I talk to people about their learning styles all the time. One of the biggest obstacles to parent-child communication, teacher-student communication, (or any-relationship communication) is the problem of different styles.

For example, classrooms are designed to accommodate the visual/auditory learners. The write on the chalkboards, explain the way to do something. But what happens to the kinesthetic kids who need to "feel" the information? It's a rare and perceptive teacher who knows to give those kids a chance to work through a few examples until they "get it".

How many kinesthetic learners are there in any given classroom? About one-third of the students! What does not giving them time communicate to them? That they're too stupid or lazy to do the work, which is absolutely NOT the truth.

Let's start setting kids up for success instead of failure. Isn't it about time?

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