Sunday, February 01, 2009

Learning Styles and Classroom Management

As a teacher you are often expected to do the job of an educator, a counsellor, a parent, a guide and a friend.

 

That’s a lot to ask of one person, especially in a class of 25 or more students. We, at Creative Learning, can help.

 

Learning styles show you how to communicate with your students, plan your lessons, and handle any misbehaviour. Our free group profiles give you a handy summary of learning strengths and non-preferences in your class.

 

For example, if a majority of your students is holistic, it makes sense to:

  • Tell your students the purpose of the lesson or of the task you asked them to perform.
  • Provide an overview of the learning material before jumping into the details.
  • Relate the lesson to the students’ experience.
  • Use humour.
  • Allow your students to map, graph or illustrate the material.
  • Give positive feedback even for small achievements.

 

Do you experience discipline issues in your classroom? Probably. But did you know that some of the disruptive children or teens could be made over into exemplary students if you satisfied their learning style needs for:

·        mobility at frequent intervals

·        variety of learning tools and teaching methods

·        informal learning environment (because of their inability to sit on hard chairs for a length of time)

·        low lighting

·        tactile or kinesthetic sensory input 

·        late morning or afternoon study sessions

·        freedom to not conform

·        recognition of their high motivation irrespective of their school results.

 

What is your students’ Learning Style? Find out. To quote Kurek Ashley, the international life coach guru: “If you do one thing today, then make a decision, commit to it, invest in yourself and follow through.

 

2 comments:

Eleanor said...

Great post on learning styles. I am particularly interested in incorporating them into my son's learning, particularly when I am teaching him Spanish.
http://www.learn-spanish-with-ease.com

ProfSeeman said...

You make some good points above.
However, I also think that this can be helpful to you:
The book and Training Video: PREVENTING Classroom Discipline Problems

If you can get this book and video: [they are in many libraries, so you don't have to buy them] email me and I can refer you to the sections of the book and video [that demonstrates the effective vs. the ineffective teacher] that can help you.



If your library does not have them, you can get them at:

http://www.panix.com/~pro-ed/

that are also used at this online course:
www.ClassroomManagementOnline.com



See: Reviews at: http://classroommanagementonline.com/comteach.html



If you cannot get the book or video, email me anyway, and I will try to help.


Best regards,

Howard

Howard Seeman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus,
City Univ. of New York



Prof. Seeman
Hokaja@aol.com