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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