Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. Proverbs 10:17
Today I present to you the third type of learning style. This one I can relate to most; it describes me for the most part. I fall into the Understanding style as well, but this one today has more of me than all the rest.
The Self-Expressive style of learning is the Intuitive-Feeling learners and they are curious, insightful, and imaginative. They go beyond the everyday; they “dare to dream” and are committed to their core sense of values. They continually search for new ways to express themselves and don’t necessarily follow convention.
Self-Expressive learners ask “What would happen if…?” and though you may think they are trying to get you off subject, they truly are wondering these things. Let them express this through their art and writing. They love to explore different ideas and find new solutions to problems. They will help you think “outside the box” so to speak. If there is more than one solution to a problem, let them find it and share it. You may find that their way of thinking can help others comprehend the way to solve a problem that they may not have fully understood during the lesson.
They like to use their imagination and do things in unique ways. These students are imaginative and have a variety of interests that highly motivate them if they enjoy what they are doing. If it is routine, they tend to move through it quickly to get it done and out-of-the-way so they can get to something they enjoying working on. Don’t be surprised if something is not fully completed by these students. Too much and they have lost interest and moved on to something else before the task is complete. That isn’t a problem if given the opportunity to take a break and then get back to the task-at-hand. If they are caught up in a project that engages them, time will be forgotten and they can spend a great deal of time on it. These students don’t care for schedules when it comes to something they enjoy. Think about your avid readers who get lost in the book and sneak a peek when they should be focusing their attention elsewhere.
Some of these students seem to live by “the beat of their own drum”, know any of them? They don’t conform to the conventions of everyone else and they enjoy their uniqueness, they are not afraid to be different to some degree. They are sensitive to the beauty and symmetry around them and may comment on the aesthetics of things around them. Ever have a student comment about your shoes or certain décor in the classroom? They take notice of these things and have an interest in them.
They may seem scattered or as if they are jumping from one thing to the next, but they are multi-taskers at their best. There can, however, be a problem with finishing what they started because the interest has faded and something new or more creative has come along. They may need reminders to finish a project or get back to an assignment at times.
Remember, these are intuitive types, so they move by their own intuition and tend to trust it too. If they feel that step-by-step procedure isn’t the right course they will follow their own course to find a solution. They may work in an indirect manner and may not be able to explain their solution but they will find it. Their intuition works in many aspects of their lives and they can interpret a situation relatively well to find meaning or answers.
The Self-Expressive learners are highly adaptable and don’t mind change. They are flexible and like to use many resources and a variety of materials as they work.
Here is the next list I took from the book So Each May Learn. I mentioned this in the first post on this subject. I highly recommend it as it has great charts, visuals, and ways to integrate all of this into your classroom.
Intuitive-Feeling or Self-Expressive Learners
Prefers to learn by:
- Being creative and using his/her imagination
- Planning and organizing his/her work in his/her own creative ways
- Working on a number of things at a time
- Searching for alternative solutions to problems beyond those normally considered
- Discussing real problems and looking at real solutions
Learns best from:
- Creative and artistic activities
- Open-ended discussions of personal and social values
- Activities that enlighten and enhance – myths, human achievement, dramas, etc.
- Being able to learn through discovery
- Opportunity to plan and pursue his/her own interests
- Recognition for personal insight and discoveries
- Too much attention to detail
- Facts, memorization, rote learning
- Tasks with predetermined correct answers
- Detailed and demanding routines
There is one style left to cover in this series.