Friday, March 26, 2010

Teenagers, Sleep and Learning Styles

At Creative Learning, we've noticed an interesting shift in Learning Style Preferences when it comes to the Time of Day element (read more about the LSA Pyramid and its elements). Two interesting shifts, to be precise.

The first shift occurs around the time a child enters puberty (typically 11-13):
  • Early Morning preferences become Late Morning or Afternoon preferences
  • Late Morning preferences become Afternoon or Evening preferences.
The second shift occurs later in life, any time between 22 and 40:
  • Evening preferences become Afternoon preferences
  • Afternoon preferences become Late Morning preferences.
We have scientific backing, too! Research reports in the medical journal Pediatrics (2005) quote scientific evidence of a biological reason: teenage sleep rhythm actually becomes different between the age 13 and 22. The change means that a teenager's performance and achievement peak in the afternoon.

This means when your child enters their teens, it's not good enough to rely on an old LSA report done three years prior. They need a new one.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Learning Styles and E-courses

(To book our Introduction to Learning Styles E-Course, please click on the button below:)

Not everybody is suited to learning optimally through an online course. Kinesthetic learners who enjoy working in a group are better off in a face-to-face interactive workshop.

However, if you have a preference in 4 or more of the following, e-learning is for you:

  • visual (reading)

  • visual (watching)

  • tactile

  • learning alone

  • stationary

  • internal motivation.

(To book our Introduction to Learning Styles E-Course, please click on the button below:)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What does it all mean?

(To book the e-course now, please use this button)

Your school has purchased LSA profiles for all the children in your class. It's time to rejoice! Finally you will be able to find out the Learning Style of all your star (and not so star!) pupils!

You let them all fill in the questionnaire, you print out the reports...

.... Ouch! So much information! It's all precious, of course, but how can you take it all in at a glance?

If pictures like the ones below give you a headache...


... you might want to take our online course which discusses the learning style concepts in more detail.

To book the e-course now, please use the button below:

Friday, March 05, 2010

The danger of knowing “something” about Learning Styles

Yes, it’s true! Sometimes having too little knowledge is worse than having no knowledge at all! If you know something about the concepts surrounding Learning Styles, you might be tempted to draw your own conclusions about your children’s, your students’ or your own learning style. You may, for example, assume that:

  • A child who loves chatting about her day will learn well by talking the about a new and difficult concept. (Not true: there is a difference between social chatter and the need to talk aloud about a learning task.)
  • A teen who loves fiction books will thrive reading textbooks. (Not true: many people who love reading are nevertheless unable to discern technical information from text.)
  • A child who loves playing with friends will learn well in a group. (Not true: if you like being with friends, they may distract you from doing homework.)
  • A teen whose learning style indicates a preference for background noise should be allowed to listen to the radio or a CD of their choice. (Not true: only specific music will aid learning.)

Click here to learn more about Learning Styles in general.

What’s your Learning Style? Find out here.