Spotlight on Learning Styles: Teacher Strategies for Learner Success by Marjorie RosenbergSpotlight on Learning Styles focuses on how we learn rather than what we learn. It sheds light on our personal learning preferences and what we can do to learn and to teach more successfully – so that:
* Teachers discover the characteristics of their own teaching styles.
* Learners discover the characteristics of their own learning styles.
* Teachers and learners can apply this knowledge to the classroom.
The book also provides opportunities for us all to step outside our ‘comfort zones’, multiplying our possibilities for success.
Spotlight on Learning Styles contains three distinctive parts which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:
Part A explains the importance of our preferred learning styles – and their influence on how learners learn and how teachers teach – and how we can create a more inclusive classroom, integrating and motivating all our students, each with their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Part B concentrates on activities we can employ to teach more comprehensively and enable all our students to become successful learners. We discover our own preferred learning styles and those of our students, and activate the Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic sensory channels, the Global–Analytic cognitive processes and the Mind Organisation model of perception.
Part C introduces further approaches, points to further activities beyond the purely linguistic, and suggests further reading – thus widening the spotlight and providing a springboard for exploring new horizons of discovery and development, of learning and of teaching.
Active Teaching and Learning Strategies
Teaching Strategies to Approach Different Learning Styles
If you are a teacher, you know that no two students are the same and that there is a spectrum of different learning styles. This is why knowledge of different learning styles is essential for teachers. Does Andrea learn most effectively through images and graphics? She may be a Visual learner. Does Jeremy seem to grasp the material best by listening to lectures, asking questions and participating in group discussions? He may be an Auditory learner.
Trainers and teachers should understand the different learning styles and tailor their teaching strategy to suit the students or trainees.
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1. Auditory and musical learners
We all have a way in which we learn best, either through observing, listening, or touch. Odds are that each and every one of your students has a different way that they learn best, too. As you know, the more engaged a student is in her learning, the better her success rate is in the classroom.
We all have a way in which we best learn. Odds are, every student in your class has a different preferred learning style, which can make it difficult for you to be the most effective teacher. However, by trying to incorporate various methods into your teaching, you may be able to reach the majority of your students. At the college level, it is expected that students have an idea of how to adapt to most teachers, although it cannot hurt to help them out a little! Below we have the three major learning styles and ways in which you can accommodate them. Someone with a Visual learning style has a preference for seen or observed things, including pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, handouts, films, flip-chart, etc. These are the people who will work from lists and written directions and instructions.
In this article, we discuss methods of teaching for the eight different learning styles, as well as conflicting evidence which suggests these learning styles may not be as effective as once believed. Visual learners retain information more effectively when visual aids are used, such as, pictures, images, film clips, colours and diagrams. They're also good at understanding visual data presented in maps, charts and graphs. Practice the different teaching strategies in our Train the Trainer VR course. Click here to learn more. Aural learners respond to sound, music, recordings, rhymes, rhythms etc.