When asking my 8th grader about her new teachers, she had wonderful things to say. (That’s always a great start!) She stated so far that her math teacher really impressed her the most. When I asked why, she told me how he started out asking questions such as “Who likes to listen to a teacher lecture the whole period? Who would like me to write a problem on the board and have you copy it and not tell you how to do it?”
Then he stated that he is aware that people learn through different intelligences so he will teach in a variety of ways so that everyone in his class will be engaged and learn math. My daughter realized that she is an auditory learner. Here is a quiz based on Gardner's eight multiple intelligences that will display results in how you learn best.
It is said teachers teach the way they learn. Here is a great article with research explaining Teaching Style vs. Learning Style by Bettina Lankard Brown.
Pratt (2002) presents five perspectives on teaching and has found that most teachers have only one or two perspectives as their dominant view of teaching. However, effective teachers will take from other perspectives to reach the needs of all their students. Review this list…which is your dominant view?
After reviewing Pratt’s list, which is your dominant perspective? How have your beliefs shaped how you teach? In what ways can you adopt other perspectives and apply them in your classroom?
This list made me stop and think about my teaching perspective. After much thought, I would say Developmental is my dominant teaching view because I used pre-tests to determine students' prior knowledge and then assigned tasks requiring higher levels of thinking--reasoning, problem solving, analyzing, and synthesizing.
Because I taught journalism and advised the yearbook, I also saw teaching as an Apprenticeship for students as they learned skills applicable to real world situations (i.e. photography, design, layout, writing, technology, marketing, advertising, budgeting).
I learn best by doing so I think engaging students in hands-on, exploratory activities helps them remember what they learn.
Science NetLinks has a great interactive Zap! that focuses on determining if a student's learning style is visual or auditory. The lesson includes a Zap! Reaction Time Data Sheet where students can record their reaction times. This interactive is a good back-to-school activity as students meet new teachers, and teachers assess multiple intelligences.
I recommend checking out the discussion What's your opinion about learning styles? in Professional Development that addresses this topic.
Does anyone have another resource for helping teachers determine their students' learning styles?
Thanks Lynne...I just had some fun playing Zap! I look forward to trying this and others with my students...
Summer PD has led me in the direction of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - a framework for mindful consideration of the learning processes, curriculum, and classroom environment (Hall, Meyer, & Rose; 2012). An important aspect of this method is being attentive to curriculum that is varied and meets the needs of the students.
I came across some activites to determine student needs/and MI...here are links:
http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/index.htm - MI multiple choice online survey
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/w1_interactive1.html - MI snowflake activity yes/no questions
These 2 links came from - Internet4classrooms.com (learning styles)
I appreciate the links you shared because these make such good activities for the first week of school. Especially in high school, students are adding and dropping classes which makes it difficult for teachers to dive into heavy curriculum study.
Sites, such as you suggested, provide students with helpful feedback and meaningful knowledge about their learning styles. So often we, as teachers, get so caught up in standards requirements that we overlook the opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and in effect, enhance their learning ability.
I hope teachers will make use of your ideas!
Hi Lynne Hoffman,
While a Graduate Student at SUNY Cortland, I received a few different resources on teaching learning styles. To teach my students about their different learning styles I have used my Learning Styles Packet along with its Learning Channel Preference Handout and a Learning Styles Chart. (This chart helps draw out your students' strengths.) "Learning styles have to do with the typical ways people take in and process information, make decisions, and form values." (From the Learning Styles Handout Packet, 2000) I have also used the "True Colors" packet. It basically states we all have all four colors: Gold, Blue, Green, and Orange but varies depending upon which colors are our brightest colors. The idea of "True Colors" is that people who feel good about themselves will be successful. When I have a student who is at a lower level, I use Learning Styles Worksheets or Surveys off the Internet.
Thanks for sharing these learning styles ideas with us. Do you have any copies of your handouts, surveys, charts, etc. you could upload and share with the Community in this discussion? If they are Word documents, you can convert them to PDFs using MS Word 2007 or 2010 or uploading them to Zamzar and obtaining the converted files.
Also do you have any Internet site URLs that you can share?
I found a few interesting resources on the "True Colors" you mentioned:
Again I appreciate your suggestions.
I just found something else that might pertain to our discussion here. It is from We Are Teachers Blog and is called "Teach to Your Strengths." The site includes a quiz for teachers to determine their strengths.
I think many of us do teach based on the way we learn since that is what makes the most sense to us! But that is not always what is best for our students. I think involving students in the creation of and the locating of the content from which to learn is a great way to add the feeling of ownership to learning. That also pulls in the research surrounding Multiple Intelligences and Bloom as well as Marzano.
I guess we don't all have to take the same exact learning journey to gain knowledge.
Thanks for posting on such an interesting topic! I think it is important to determine how we as teachers learn as well as how we teach so that we better understand the impact we have on our students. After reading the list of perspectives, I determined most of my lessons take the Social Reform approach because I understand material better when I can relate it to my own life as well as the fact that I feel it helps build student interest and enthusiasm for learning. However, I know it is important to understand that not everyone has experiences that can relate to subject matter and that different approaches must be made. I feel it is important to understand ourselves as well as our students and work to improve daily in an effort to better educate our students.