Reflection: Classroom Setup Planning for Success: Learning Styles & Resources - Section 3: Determining Learning Styles

 

I love being able to provide students with information that they feel is valuable and is applicable across the curriculum, so these learning style activities are very fulfilling for me.  Initially, I started them solely to help students understand how to better help themselves with the academic process, but immediately upon viewing the results I was struck with the amazing opportunity all this data provided me as an educator.  I realized that I could subtly differentiate my curriculum class-to-class by incorporating more relevant assessments, activities, media, and projects for each and every student.  If I have highly musical classes, for example, I can incorporate more music into my instruction or create assignments that allow students to use song lyrics to demonstrate literary concepts.  If I have primarily visual learners, I can incorporate more images and video clips into my lessons to better relate the information to learners.  The possibilities are really endless, and they have certainly made my classroom (and assessments) better.  Students are also really keen on learning about themselves, so this investigation is immediately relevant to them.  It also propels students to talk to other students about how they learn, something I rarely saw before I started incorporating this purposeful instruction about learning into my classroom.  Additionally, the Google Form which collects student results has spaces which require students to engage in an examination of their learning styles and the origins of those styles.  It also asks students to reflect on their results and connect it to what they already felt about their learning styles before taking the assessment.

I have attached Multiple Intelligence Survey results to this reflection to show the range of styles I have in each classroom.  This information will serve to inform multiple aspects of my instruction, from seating charts to teaching methodology and beyond.  

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Planning for Success: Learning Styles & Resources

Unit 1: Early American Voices & Developing Reading Habits
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Objective: SWBAT identify study strategies that best suit their learning needs by completing and discussing a Multiple Intelligence Inventory and its implications on learning.

Big Idea: Starting a course off right takes high expectations, clear goals, and insight into the dozens of distinct learners in the room.

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