Research has shown that many children have an affinity towards a specific learning style, and areas that teach using these styles show the most educational growth. Even with this information, many schools are currently using a “one-size-fits-all” teaching methodology that can leave some gaps- and as a parent, you do not wish to see your child fall in that gap. By understanding a student’s learning style, a teacher or parent is more able to cater specific teaching strategies that will most effectively help the student. This concept is used with all of our clients when providing ABA services. The aim is to teach the weak areas, by using their strengths.
So, which learning style is your child?
Check back next week for teaching strategies recommended for each learning style.
Visual learners best use pictures, images, and handwritten notes to learn. They are especially sensitive to color differences, which can be a huge asset when trying to learn new information. Visual learners typically also have a solid foundation of spatial reasoning skills.
Information makes more sense if drawn out in a diagram or chart
Copies information written on board onto own paper, even if not directed to do so
Makes organized lists for tasks or assignments
Prefers to sit at the front of the classroom
Auditory learners retain the most information that is directed to them through sound, such as a lecture or through songs. These learners are often seen reading out loud to themselves or repeating information. They also typically have an interest in music.
Participation in class discussions
Prefers lectures over reading assignments
Remembers names easily
Verbal learners have high abilities when tasks are related to words, both in speech and in writing. These learners find it easy to express themselves accurately and also have clear understandings in other people’s speech.
Study skills include rereading and rewriting notes
Creates organized lists with keywords and topics
Ability to organize thoughts on paper
Kinesthetic learners often learn by physical exploration of different topics. They often engage in sensory seeking behaviors including moving their hands and body while talking, or moving in their chair while working. They learn best with hands on learning experiences like physically manipulating objects or with hands on science experiments.
Enjoys many forms of art
Math using manipulatives is easier than worksheets
Likes to read, work or talk while moving around a room
Logical learners have clear strengths in fields related to math and logical reasoning. They also easily understand cause and effect relationships. Logical learners tend to classify, organize and rationalize thoughts in academic and in everyday life situations.
Excels in math, especially statistics
High-level reasoning skills
Enjoys riddles, puzzles and strategy games
Interested in the “why”
Social learners excel in group settings or when using interpersonal skills. These learners enjoying talking with others and working on group projects. They understand the value that comes from listening to other’s point of view.
Ability to read people’s emotions
Likes to teach other people
Enjoys study groups and sharing knowledge
Clear understanding of social cues
Solitary learners enjoy working alone and thrive in quiet surroundings. Opposite of social learners, solitary learners are adept in intrapersonal skills. They can effectively manage goals and time management. At a young age, solitary learners like to engage in pretend play and are often content playing alone
Typically, the quiet individual in a group setting
Seeks out quiet places to work and focus
Manages personal goals and achievements
In a choice, would prefer to work alone
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