How to Tap Into Learning Styles for Home and Classroom

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.     ~ Proverbs 3:13, NLT

I learned so many things in my Masters courses, but the one that caught my attention was the class about brain research. This wasn’t a medical class, it was education based. If you are an educator you know the names Madeline  Hunter, Jean Piaget, Howard Gardner, Benjamin  Bloom and the methods learned through their research; Lesson Planning,  Cognitive Thinking, Multiple Intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning

You know we all learn differently, each of the above educators and researchers knew this and shared it through their methods, but Dunn and Dunn seem to be all over this fact. The Learning Styles model reveals just how complex or layered our thinking is. However, in the same respect, we can find out the best way to teach our students by the way they learn.  Learning Styles don’t separate or “group” students, they help them understand how another thinks. We all talk about and use teaching methods, strategies, and best practice when it comes to finding what works; Learning Styles is a method in which the student can take ownership of their learning.

I am going to start simple and build upon this method. I want teachers, parents, and students to benefit from knowing their Learning Style.

This visual is a simple way to start the process. Learning Styles extends well beyond this model and we will get into those processes in later posts. For the purpose of the next few posts I will use this model.

Most people find that they fall into several categories within the Learning Styles depending on what they are learning or doing. Others will find that they have a dominant Learning Style with some of the other categories showing a minor role. Children seem to have a dominant style because they are still developing ways to learn and tackle problems. There is no right or wrong mix; it is just how each of us is wired.

  • Take the inventory test to see where you fall. Copy your results to a word document for further information in future blogs. Don’t forget to have your children take it too so you can see how to best help them at home.
  • You can also have your students take this test by creating a “group” where you can view the result too. 
  • go to User Menu on the side bar,
  • scroll to Instructor Functions, and click on the links and follow the instructions.

I did find the free publication for the inventory test and all of the evaluation parts from Memletics. The only live webpages are the learning-styles-online links which take you to the same site I have linked to above.

The test is simple and quick, give it a try today! I will reveal mine in the next post.

Blessings to you

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Unglued-Webcast from Author Lysa Terkeurst

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Psalm 19:14  NLT

I watched a webcast last night from a women’s conference and wanted to share some links with you. It was a terrific conversation from Author and President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa Terkeurst, some of the women DJ’s from KLOVE. Lysa wrote Made to Crave and has a new book out called Unglued. She is open about her struggles with how she and we react to conflict. She talks about the 4 reactions we may go through when conflicts occur in our life, even the small daily things that drive us to the point of coming “unglued.”

The webcast is being re- broadcast through KLOVE so that you have a chance to catch the first in her short series of webcasts.

I read Lysa’s blog this morning and found out that the server crashed from so many signing in; thanks to KLOVE and Lysa it can be seen anytime you want to view it.

There is a free sign in to watch the first webcast here: http://www.klove.com/ministry/unglued.aspx

Lysa also has daily inspirations that you can sign up and receive called, No More Unglued Mama Mornings or take The 5 Day Unglued Challenge.

Even though my children are grown, daily conflicts occur and I am sure that there will be helpful insights that go beyond the “mama zone.”

May these ministries bless you as they have blessed me. Have a peaceful, wonderful day.

7 Tips for Back to School Preparation

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

As a teacher, I can tell you that the first few days of school are just as frantic for us and they are for you. To help you and to help your child’s/children’s teachers here are a few good things to remember.

1. A LOT of informational papers will be coming home in those first few days! EMPTY your child’s/children’s backpack daily! I cannot stress this enough. Kids don’t remember to give you everything that has been handed to them throughout the day.

2. On Back to School or Open House night, some teachers will place a notebook out for you to add your email and contact information. Yes, I know it is in the files upon registration, but it is so helpful to have it right on hand in one spot. Even better, email the teacher within that first week of school and they can put you right into their classroom address book.

3. If you think you have missed something, you probably have. Students are given class jobs to give them a sense of responsibility and classroom ownership, not to mention what a great help it is to the teacher. Things get missed. If you email the teacher on regular basis to “check in” you will get any information that may be missed.

4. Look on the school website and see if there is a newsletter you can sign up to receive to your inbox. They are packed with general school and district information. Also see if the teacher has a webpage linked to the school website. You can find direct classroom information there.

5. Looking to volunteer? Send the teacher an email of days, times and where you are comfortable helping out. Here are a few to get you thinking:

a. Filing-some love to have you help them organize, others are fine doing it themselves so don’t feel offended if you aren’t ask to help in this area.

b. Reading with a group of students.

c. Helping with a math group

d. Cutting out bulletin board object and even creating the bulletin board

e. Creating and keeping up with the class newsletter.

f. Room mom/helper for parties and such

g. Field trip group mom

h. Make copies (if the school allows)

6. Remember that the teacher has at least 25-32 students in their room and if something gets missed, they didn’t mean it, it is a busy day, every day. We genuinely love each kid and want them to reach their full potential. Your support is appreciated more than you know.

7. Be involved in your child’s/children’s education. You are the biggest influence in their lives.

Welcome back to another school year, make it the best one yet!

Hello world!

Never be lacking in eagerness, but keep your spiritual enthusiasm, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11

Welcome to my blog. I want to bring you helpful interesting post that you can apply to your life. I will be sharing teaching tips, homework help, crafty ideas, and inspiration to help us all navigate our way in this crazy world. So today, I am sharing my pinterest page for you to check out and see where I am headed. I am committing to a blog a week, but am challenging myself to do more. Here we go!

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