Wednesday, October 18, 2006

What I'm thinking about.

I've been thinking about learning styles a lot lately. There are 3 main ones, but a google search tonight linked to a site that was discussing the 16 learning styles. The bigger problem is not so much understanding learning styles, I've been reading about them for almost 2 years now, but I just realized, that none of the articles that I've read talk at all about teaching to learning styles.

How do you teach reading to an auditory learner? How do you teach reading to a kinestetic learner? Hands on reading? Ady is definitely a Visual/kinestetic learner. Jonas is an auditory/visual learner. Those seem to be their strong learning styles. Jonas is more auditory and Ady is more kinistetic. I'm not sure how to do hands on with some things, such as reading. I've read that someone who is a kinestetic learner can sometimes remember things that they read while riding an exercise bike or walking better than they can remember when studying in silence, but that won't help with teaching reading.

Learning styles is something that everyone should be aware of. It doesn't just affect parents who want to homeschool. Adults may have grown up never having been taught the way that they learn best. If someone that you work with just doesn't pick up on new things as easily as you, it may have nothing to do with them being stupid, they may just learn differently and the method that something was presented was not the easiest for them.