Thursday, July 13, 2006

Learning Styles the “Magic Tool” in School Discipline

(By Sharon D'Penha)

There is a lot of competition in the marketplace today. As parents or teachers, we would like to make sure our youngsters are prepared for it. But the constant change in the world as we know it makes it all the more difficult to teach our children. What’s more, changing laws and rules alert the children to the fact that they need to respond to the changing environment at a moment’s notice.

It’s possible that these constant demands have a negative effect on our children when it comes to their performance and behaviour at school.

The growing need for discipline is a big challenge at school and at home. And yet, “How can we guide our children, if we are unable to understand their difficulties?” is the question on the lips of most educators.

Younger children tend to think and act differently every day. What can we do to teach them discipline and how can we make their learning effective in school?

Teachers naturally play a very important role in enhancing a child’s learning, but they can’t do it alone. Learning Styles (available from is a great tool for classroom management and can show teachers how to keep students motivated and effective in their studies. For example, if the class consists mainly of tactile students, then providing them with hands-on projects will keep them occupied (and thus happy and quiet) during the lesson. Best of all, it’ll teach them the syllabus far better than a lecture would have. Identifying the group’s sensory modality preferences is the first step towards teaching excellence.

Knowing the Learning Styles of their students will also allow the teacher to teach in a way that’s suitable to the Information Processing needs of the group: namely holistically, analytically, or a combination of the two.

Finally, Learning Styles will help the teacher set up the classroom in the way that’s most conducive to teaching their students. For instance, some students prefer to sit upright and study while others like to sit on the floor with their feet stretched out and relaxed. Some are happy and alert in a brightly lit room, but the same room can make other students hyperactive and stressed.

Learning Styles come with a free Group Profile: a summary of the group’s classroom needs. Visit today to see how you can change the world tomorrow.

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