All kids learn differently, making it a challenge for teachers to tailor their lessons. Bright students may struggle academically simply because concepts aren’t presented to them in a way that they can understand in their learning environment. According to the VARK model, you can separate individuals into four distinct categories based on how they best absorb information:

●     Visual learners prefer to see new information so that they can more easily visualise different concepts and their relationships.

●     Auditory learners prefer to hear new information from a lecture, a podcast, or something similar

●     Reading or writing learners pick up information best when they copy it down or take notes.

●     Kinesthetic learners like to glean new information in a hands-on fashion, learning by copying actions or doing things themselves. 

Often, the best approach that a teacher can take when broaching a new subject is to present it from a variety of angles. Taking advantage of alternative learning methods can help a class of young minds to gain a deeper understanding of any subject, from maths to English. Here, we go over some of the benefits of catering to alternative learning methods in the classroom.

See Things from a Different Perspective

Teaching subjects from multiple angles can help students to see and understand an issue in a variety of lights. For example, a lesson on Venn Diagrams shouldn’t just consist of a lecture on the topic. Students will learn better if they’re also shown a visual model and asked to try and draw their own version.

Make Lessons More Interesting

Teaching subjects from just one angle not only confuses alternative learners but makes lessons dull for the students who are able to follow along. By describing a new topic in a variety of different ways, teachers can keep students’ interest piqued. It’s a good idea to keep switching up lessons throughout the day so that classes don’t start to become bored and complacent.

Using Technology in the Classroom

Technology such as tablets or laptops is making it easier than ever to teach alternative learners. Kids, parents, and teachers can find a variety of supplemental learning materials online. There are also software programs geared towards alternative learning styles. Technology is helping teachers to give students a more comprehensive and exciting lesson and is also preparing future generations for a tech-centric global landscape.

There’s no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to teaching. All students learn differently, from kinesthetic learners to the visually inclined. Luckily, using a variety of different approaches when teaching a subject not only helps alternative learners to gain a firm grasp on new ideas but also makes lessons more entertaining and more interesting for the rest of the class.

5 COMMENTS

  1. When anyone writes anything of substance there are always “debunkers” and opposing ideas, and “studies” to support anything you want. I have 5 children. They DO NOT have the same learning styles. They have not learned the same things at the same pace, nor do they take interest in the same subjects. 1 flourished in traditional settings where 2 plummeted both ended up souring in in Montessori environments, 1 read for speed, another for comprehension. Learning styles are no myth..but perhaps experience will have to show you this not a study read on google scholar or some website. And, it would behoove parents and educators to accept this and utilize this knowledge to enhance the academic experience of their students and children.

  2. The act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.

  3. In Hawaii, English and Hawaiin language are officially used. Yet, there is one more language that is used unofficially, which is spoken by many local people in daily discussion: Hawaii Pidgin English.

    Past of emigration and ethnic variety produced a mixture of languages. Everything from English, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean and Filipino merged with the local Hawaiian and nearby Polynesian languages to create a Hawaiian Creole or pidgin.

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