Different Learning Types – Guide For First Time Teachers

Here’s a brief overview to give you an idea of how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences breaks down. You’ll want to keep each of these learning types in mind as you create your lesson plans. You don’t want to end up teaching to a handful of students in your class. You’ll want to involve everyone, and chances are you’ll have each learning type in your classroom if you have 20 or more students.

Logical/Mathematical – You’ll want to include complex exercises in reasoning for these students to solve. They really like dissecting a problem and enjoy solving problems with little help from you.

Musical/Rhythmical – Try to use rhymes and songs if you can squeeze it in to a topic. This type of learner really like to groove to the beat so to speak. Some classes might be harder to fit in music and rhyme than others.

Bodily/Kinesthetic – These types of students crave motion. If you have your class sitting at their desk scribbling down notes while you lecture, they will be the ones that seem to have ants in their pants. Be sure to include some activities that get your students out of their seats and get the blood flowing as you learn with action.

Verbal/Linguistic – They love word games and will pay close attention to your voice and how you deliver your classes. They might not even need to take notes, as your voice is etched into their memory. If you see that they take skimpy notes but score well on tests, don’t force them to take more notes, as this will distract them from listening.

Visual/Spatial – You can spot this student because they’ll roll their eyes up when they try to remember something. What they are doing is trying to get into their visual memory data banks and retrieve the information. They may not take too many notes either, and you shouldn’t push them to, because they are taking it all in just by watching and remembering. Don’t confuse a lazy student that doesn’t take notes with a visual learner.

Intrapersonal – They’re not usually very outgoing, and are rarely a behavior problem. You’ll love having these students in your class because they’ll sit quietly and take in everything you say and do. To engage this type of student you should challenge their world view and get them to think outside of their box.

Interpersonal – Try to present your lessons in a way that relates to actual life and you’ll have this learner hooked. Be careful though, because they’re lawyers in training and will be able to talk you out of deadlines, homework, and anything else if you let them get you off track.

Homeschool Lessons Made Easy – Learning Types and Understanding the Myth

What is a learning type?

Most educators at some point in their career have been introduced to the three learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Even First Aid or swimming teachers learn that there are three separate styles. A visual learner remembers what is seen like notes on a blackboard, posters or a demonstration. An auditory learner will remember what is heard like verbal instructions, lyrics to a song or books read in class. A kinesthetic learner will remember body movements or sensations like building a birdhouse, kicking a soccer ball or making a model of the solar system. Instructors are taught that each person falls into only one category and to reach all learners, you must teach all three styles. This is only partially true.

Why is this misleading?

Although this belief holds some truth, it is misleading. The myth of believing that people are only one type of learner can be easily disproved with two examples: a Labrador puppy and a rollercoaster. If it were true that all people fall into only one category, then there would be people who could only imagine the yelp and whimper of a young Labrador puppy, but not the shiny coat and big paws or the feel the soft fur and sharp teeth. Similarly there would be people who would only be able to visualize a rollercoaster and not be able to imagine the sounds of screams and carnival music or feel of going over the steep drops and curves. The truth is that most people can imagine all three.

Almost everyone can imagine what an elephant looks, sounds and feels like. It is also easy to imagine the colour, texture and taste of an orange. Almost everyone can imagine the sound of fireworks or a phone ringing. Almost everyone can imagine the feel of a warm fire or cool water. People are capable of learning in all three styles, not just one.

How can we develop learning styles?

This is important to know since we can help students develop skills in a specific area without relying on the excuse that they are “not that type of learner”. Although it is still good practice to present information to all three styles, don’t expect student to wait until their style comes along. Students can be taught how to understand, remember and use materials that teach to all three styles.

Some skills do not come naturally to some students. Unfamiliar words in text books need to be looked up in a glossary or dictionary. Captions for diagrams need to be read carefully. When listening to instructions, questions must be asked to clarify any information that is unclear. To truly teach a student, you don’t merely teach the information, you teach a student how to learn the information. It is like the old saying: if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. By giving a student the right skills, you teach him or her to learn for a lifetime.

The Best Learning Type for Studying

There are different types of learners that use different methods to learn. Finding out which learner you are and how you learn is an important task to achieve. With society changing rapidly the need for a solid education and excellent communication skills are important. You might have wondered how a person in your class can never take notes or wondered why a person took so many notes or maybe even wondered why you had the person in your class who asked too many questions. Understanding learning patterns will help you.

The first learning type is the “Visual Learner!” This learner is the one that no matter how much you speak it them they can never really grasp the information unless they write it down. Visual learners prefer to read to gain a full understanding. Visual learners tend to be very good at spelling. Most likely were in all of the spelling bee competitions as a child growing up. They are also the ones who can never remember names. Quiet time is also important to this type since the have to process what is being said. Writing essays or stories tend to come easy for this type of person, as well as, taking notes.

The second learning type is the “Auditory Learner!” This type of learner is the one who will learn by simply listening to what is being said. Focusing on words and understanding there meanings are more effective than writing it down. You can normally spot this type of learner because they love to talk. This type is the person that you hear talking aloud and not afraid to speak in class or any situation. They are also very good at explaining something that was communicated to them through the spoken word. Some of the things that this person can learn from are to watch videos, taping the notes from class and then going back to write them down, repeating the words over and over to themselves. So, to ask this person to stop talking for a long period of time in a class setting could be quite a task for a teacher or professor.

Another type of learner is the “Kinesthetic Learner!” This learner learns by doing. You will find that when it comes to education this person might have a tough time since most classes don’t require physical activity. With this information I wonder if teachers recognized that it’s hard for this type of learner to sit and be quiet. This learner is the one, who can study with the music turned up loud, takes several study breaks, enjoys role-playing and thrive on memory type games. These memory games are another way that learning comes into play.

Looking back at all of the learning methods discussed we have learned how others think and react. You have probably identified yourself with at least one or two of the types through personal or professional experience. It’s important to know how each type works to get better as a person and position yourself to understand others. Communication is a great tool in any situation including working. More and more people are working and going back to school. With the affordability and convenience of online college you can earn that degree in no time.