Suggestions for Learners Based on Learning Profile

By Nancy Winans

“Learning is not something that is done to you by someone or something else or by being in a class or reading a book, but happens when you do something in response to an experience.  That is why doing a skit is a way to learn; you have read or heard about something and now you are synthesizing it in your mind by acting it out.”

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how to use different modes of learning

for experiential / kinesthetic learners: (of course, actually do the thing you are learning about like churning butter, making a radio, etc.)

for any topic: move your body as you learn or practice: do rhythmic activities, swing, do exercises, dance, gymnastics, fencing, tae kwon do, swimming, climbing, balancing, yoga, etc.

for science: garden, raise animals, do nature walks, dissect things, do experiments, build models (of dinosaurs, DNA, etc.) volunteer at the animal shelter or marine lab, county fair activities, do an internship, put together a rock or flower collection, touch objects, roll down a hill, do roller-coaster physics, etc.

for the arts: play an instrument, be in a band or choir, paint, throw clay, weave, make films, sculpt, do slam poetry, do skits or act out myths, do improvisation or theater, sew, dance, etc.

for academics: as you learn the material, bounce or throw a ball rhythmically, walk, chant, sing a song to memorize, do a movement pattern as a mnemonic device, wind a silk scarf around your finger or hand as you listen, roll a ball under your foot, sit on a balance board or ball, swing, use your fingers to trace, use objects or manipulatives to stand for ideas, teach someone else, etc.

for math: use pattern blocks, unifix cubes, or zome blocks, bake, design and build, do 3-D puzzles, play games, do “finger math” program for learning math facts, use wind-up math facts cards, use collections of shells, small farm animals, etc. to sort and count, shop and use money, weigh things, measure your furniture and house, etc.

for learning reading: use letter tiles, make clay words, trace over sandpaper letters, trace in the air, trace over bumpy letters, have someone trace on your hand or back to make letters and words, hop forward for letters in a word or words in a sentence, do crossing midline activities (crawling, swimming, other)

for history: travel, go to museums, use globes, participate in re-enactments, visit ethnic restaurants or cultural fairs, act out skits or stories about what you are learning, make a diorama of a scene from a time or place in history (like ancient Egypt) make artifacts related to area of study (like a mini-pyramid) etc.

for visual learners:

*use visual dictionaries and encyclopedias

*put up posters about animal classification, solar system, presidents, etc.

*look at maps

*view photographic collections

*use books with timelines, charts, lists, and venn diagrams

*watch video documentary series

*use flash cards

*make a math journal (draw pictures for each area of learning – ex: fractions)

*create models and dioramas

*make collage or posters

*observe nature, people, architecture

*take photographs to make a journal or use computer graphics to create books or charts on history or science

*watch a play or demonstration,

*use letter or word tiles to create sentences or poetry

*highlight words or re-write for memorization of facts or word parts

*read magazines

*do computer or online classes

*visit museums and art shows

*make mind maps

*take notes by drawing simple sketches or diagrams

*pair images (like a pig) to phonemes (like the “oy” sound) for phonics work

*make films, or slide shows on powerpoint

*use mnemonic devices for memorizing, like P.E.M.D.A.S (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally for
Parentheses, Exponent, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract – the order of operations in math)

for auditory learners (this is the way most schools approach learning)

*attend lectures, classes, and tours, or concerts

*get into small discussion or study groups

*read books, magazines, and newspapers

*listen to books on tape

*watch and listen to Teaching Company courses

*listen to historical recordings

*do or listen to storytelling

*do speeches, debates, group problem-solving

*make sequential outlines

*make outlines or word clusters for writing tasks

*write stories, poetry, journals, letters, plays, etc.

*do an oral presentation

*use audiotapes of math facts songs

*listen to music while doing learning activity

*explain to someone else

*give dictation or make a tape recording

*verbally rehearse or make an audiotape to listen to over and over

for logical / mathematical learners

*look for letter patterns in words (phonics) for reading

*write lists by category, etc.

*categorize objects by size, use, features, etc.

*do computer games or learning programs

*do online courses

*play board, card or logic and strategy games

*look for patterns (color, shape, number, etc.)

*do sequential workbooks

*diagram sentences or do grammar books

*learn linguistics to help with writing

*use topo maps

*do statistics with baseball cards

*do logic books

*make timelines, venn diagrams, mind maps

*read or look through science encyclopedias

*use pattern blocks or objects to learn math

*do secret codes or puzzles

*learn Greek or Latin roots for vocabulary and spelling

*do science experiments

*do polls and use columns or graphs to tabulate

*learn to read music