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Helpful Resource for Teaching and Learning Styles

Many students are struggling in the classroom with the concentration, and it just might have to do with the teaching styles conflicting with learning styles. In my classroom, I used testing and creative practices to help a child that was struggling with attention and memory. One thing all educators know, if you want to get through and help a child, we must be creative and figure out their learning styles.
  My learning style is quite opposite of one particular student I tutor that is a junior in High School. I need to sit quietly with no distractions, while my student appears to be fidgeting in his seat while trying to write an essay, or study his assigned reading. It is no wonder why he has trouble concentrating. His study technique is not working for him. According to Jensen (2005), "It’s truly astonishing that the dominant model for formal learning is still “sit and get.” It’s not just astonishing; it’s  embarrassing. Why do we persist when the evidence that lecture alone does not cut it is so strong?” Jensen (2005) claims that for hundreds of years, educators separated the thought process as learning is different from moving. The two functions just do not match with the learning process. Scientist in the past tried to correlate the two functions as part of learning, but they never got the support they needed.

     After about a week of observing his study habits, I decided to give him the Metts’ Modalities Test to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. As I expected due to his constant state of motion while reading, writing, and math equations, he scored extremely high in Tactile-Kinesthetic. I decided that my student should try to move around during test taking, but away from other students’ desks and work. After a discussion with my student, he agreed and I gave him a two week trial to see if it helps. I found him more focused, relaxed and was able to complete his tasks on time. I retested him on what he learned two weeks later on two different days with similar materials. One test was allowed while walking around a small around of the class, and the other was while sitting. While sitting, I noticed his fidgeting returned and his eyes started to wonder as he lost focus. Two days later, I gave him the same basic test with different problems and let him walk around. His score was a 45% improvement over sitting.  

     Scientific research supports the how movement and learning are linked together. Jensen (2005) claims Peter Strick from the Veteran Affairs Medical Center of Syracuse, New York and his staff “has traced a pathway from the cerebellum back to parts of the brain involved in memory, attention, and spatial perception. Amazingly, the part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning” (p. 61). Since my student is a Tactile-Kinesthetic learner, I took the opportunity to explain briefly why through Teaching With the Brain in Mind. I was quite surprise how much interest he took in finding out how his strengths are connected with the cerebellum.

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Comments (8)

Important and valuable information detailed well. DIGG and confirmed and recommended.

Brilliant post. You are Number One expert, Chris.

Thank you, my friend. Stay blessed.

This has proved correct in trials, does it not disturb other students in the same class though.

Interesting. However, allowing some students to wander around in a classroom would of course disrupt the learning of others who do better sitting still.

I had this same experience with myself. Exercise or movement can really be beneficial to the workings of the brain. I'd try this with my students. This is truly a very useful article Chris.

Jensen?

Great article, especially important to consider the needs of ALL students with the upcoming school year.

goog article, recommend

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