Autocorrect has made me appear to be a much better speller than I actually am.
I’ve been known many times, pre-autocorrect, to write out what I’m spelling on a scratch paper before final drafts of letters or writing assignments. Most of us process learning in a variety of ways and whole brain teaching has trained us to see the benefit in using multiple modalities to teach concepts to students. This is especially important for children with a tendency to be dysregulated or distracted.
Knowing your learning style, like any piece of self-awareness is a powerful step on the path to self-management. A strategy I used when working with students who were struggling academically was to teach them about their own learning styles so they could choose strategies to study that would best compliment their brain’s preferred style.
This process always begins with a Learning style assessment. Within a few minutes you’ll get a good idea of whether students need to move, hear or see lessons to get the most benefit. Generally we have a preferred and secondary method that works best so incorporating both helps us have a variety of tools to use when learning new skills.
It’s super helpful as a teacher as well. Knowing you have a class with more doing learning for example might mean that you’re incorporating more movement into your class. If you have students who need to see more, you might add visuals to your lectures.
While I did the learning assessment as a part of a 6 week study skills improvement small group, this could also be naturally embedded in the classroom. Here’s what it could look like.
Students independently take their learning style assessments and score results.
Students share out results.
Graph student responses to note the class similarities and trends within the room.
Break students into groups and review learning styles study strategies (linked below).
Follow up prior to tests and review with students which intentional strategies they will use to study and after tests to confirm what was most effective. Allow for journaling or verbal reporting of results.
There you have it! Social emotional learning, personal development, language goals and even math all rolled into this one simple intervention strategy.
Do you teach your students about their learning style? Sound off in the comments.