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Title: Learning Styles


1
Learning Styles
  • Anne Barnette Zalubowski
  • February 20, 2008

2
Learning Styles Inventory
  • Many times children inherit the learning styles
    of their parents.
  • Please take a few minutes to complete this
    inventory (blue paper) to learn your best style.
  • After completing the inventory please score it
    (green paper).

3
Visual Learner Characteristics
  • Need to see it to know it they like to see what
    they are learning
  • Have a strong sense of color and benefit from
    illustrations and presentations that use color
  • May be artistic
  • Are usually neat and clean
  • Often close their eyes to visualize or remember
    things
  • Often attracted to written or spoken language
    rich in imagery
  • Find passive surroundings ideal and prefer
    stimuli to be isolated from auditory and
    kinesthetic distraction

4
Visual Learner Characteristics
  • Often have difficulty with following oral
    directions
  • May over-react to sounds
  • May have trouble following lectures
  • Often misunderstand words
  • Take numerous detailed notes
  • Can get distracted without visual stimuli

5
Auditory Learner Characteristics
  • Need to hear it to know it
  • Acquire knowledge by listening or reading aloud
  • Remember by verbalizing lessons to themselves
  • Sit where they can hear but may not pay attention
    to demonstrations
  • Shouldnt need to hear directions more than once
    to perform action
  • Frequently confided in by friends and family
    because of their listening skills

6
Auditory Learner Characteristics
  • May have difficulty with reading and writing
  • Often have difficulty with written directions
  • Often misunderstand body language and facial
    expressions
  • Hum or talk to themselves

7
Kinesthetic Learner Characteristics
  • Need hands on approach to know it
  • Often can assemble parts without reading
    directions
  • Learn better when physical activity is involved
  • May be very well coordinated and have athletic
    ability
  • Enjoy field trips and tasks that involve
    manipulating materials
  • Speak with their hands and with gestures
  • Appreciate physically expressed encouragement
    (ex. pat on the back)

8
Kinesthetic Learner Characteristics
  • Have difficulty sitting still
  • Need to take frequent breaks
  • Can remember what was done, but have difficulty
    recalling what was said or seen
  • Find reasons to tinker or move when bored
  • Rely on what they can directly experience or
    perform struggle with listening or visual
    lessons

9
Visual Learning Tips
  • Use graphics charts, organizers, diagrams,
    illustrations
  • Color code notes and possessions
  • Ask for written directions
  • Use diagrams and webs for note taking
  • Practice visualizing or picturing words and
    concepts in your head
  • Make to-do lists and use agenda or assignment
    book
  • Use flash cards

10
Auditory Learning Tips
  • Use tape recorder for lectures, brainstorming
    ideas, or writing
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Ask for directions to be read aloud
  • Repeat spelling words or information aloud to
    memorize
  • After you read something, summarize it and recite
    it aloud.

11
Kinesthetic Learning Tips
  • Do as much hands-on as possible models, lab
    work, role plays, posters, etc.
  • Take frequent, short study breaks
  • Trace letters and words to learn spelling and
    remember facts (sand paper, play-doh, pudding)
  • Use the computer for projects
  • Memorize or drill while walking or exercising
  • Express abilities through dance, drama, or sports
  • Take notes on everything
  • To learn facts write them several times and
    make study sheets
  • Associate class material with real-world things

12
Final thoughts
  • Many of the kinesthetic tips can be used with all
    elementary aged children due to lower attention
    spans and maturity levels
  • Help your children understand their learning
    styles and how to advocate for themselves.
  • Thank you!
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