Every individual is different and they also learn in many different ways. Teachers cannot simply have one way of teaching and expect everybody in our classrooms to benefit from just one method or style of teaching. The United States is a true ‘melting pot’ with many different cultures that have come together over the years. We have the most diverse population in the world today and with that comes many different ways of solving problems and analyzing situations. My teaching style reflects the many diverse cultures in America today.
In my breakdown of learning styles, there are four basic components, with a fifth category that combines components three and four. These four learning styles are (1) auditory, (2) visual, (3) tactile, and (4) kinesthetic. (1) Auditory learners absorb spoken material and would rather listen to the lesson rather than read their material. They enjoy lectures and like to discuss what is being talked about. (2) Visual learners absorb information they see and read. They enjoy graphic organizers, which include visual aids like maps, Power Point presentations, illustrations, pictures, and diagrams. Color enhances a visual learner and is very important to help them piece together information. (3) Tactile learners handle materials, write, draw, and enjoy being involved in concrete experiences. (4) Kinesthetic learners are movers and shakers. These learners become physically involved in the learning process and enjoy anything that is meaningful and relevant in their lives. (5) The last category combines the tactile with the kinesthetic learner. Tactile/Kinesthetic learners are physically involved in projects. They may get involved in role-playing or simulations and love the freedom and mobility to move around the classroom during activities. As a teacher, it is important to figure out if my students fall into one of these categories and how to create a lesson plan to better serve all my students.
Stimuli have an important role in a student’s life. The environment, which may include light, sound, temperature and seating play a big role when it comes to learning. A student must be comfortable to learn correctly. Motivation and structure can enhance the emotional state of a student also. Physiological factors like eating, mobility, and time of day can affect a student as well. Psychologically, a student has to think globally as well as analytically and has the choice of being impulsive (speak first) or reflective (think first). Environmental factors play an important role in figuring out how and when my students can and will learn efficiently and effectively.
Every individual is different and they also learn in many different ways. Teachers cannot simply have one way of teaching and expect everybody in our classrooms to benefit from just one method or style of teaching. The United States is a true ‘melting pot’ with many different cultures that have come together over the years. We have the most
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I currently hold a Teaching Certificate in Social Studies (9-12)