I Don't Learn That Way: Visual
Differentiated learning has swept the nation, and we should all be really happy about that. Hopefully, gone are the days when young students sit at a desk, write down notes, listen to a lecture and call it a day. At eight years old, this is the last thing kids want to be doing, which in turn, makes them resent school. Education is now moving into creating a learning environment that benefits all different students and learning styles. The different learning styles that most people are used to hearing are VARK: visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic. Over the next few blog posts, I’ll be going through different strategies to use for these learning styles.
Visual learners need, of course, visual stimuli. For example, instead of orally spelling out a word and ask them to write it down, write the word on the board for them while calling out the letters so they can see it, and better understand. Instead of discussing a historical event (students are sitting in a circle, listening to the teacher tell them about the event), mix discussion with a video, or a PowerPoint with pictures to better get your message across. Here are a few more good tips for your visual students:
One great tool to use for drawings and visuals is Google Drawings. Everything you create is saved on Google Drive and can be accessed anywhere, anytime. You can also get students involved by adding them into the document, where they can edit and add their own work.
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