|This is a screenshot of the results of my Learning Styles Profile.|
With so many learning styles within one classroom, it can be difficult to incorporate all the learning strategies into a school day, let alone into one single lesson. Teachers need to truly know the students that they teach which includes the knowledge of the students' individual learning styles. Within the classroom, the focus of teachers need to be the various learning styles of each students and ways to structure lessons so that students are engaged. This also means that the students need to be aware of how they learn best so that when they get the choice of how to consume information, they can make the educational decisions best for themselves. Lessons need to be created so that they can incorporate various learning strategies by possibly giving the students a choice on how to process the information or provide various ways to assess the information. With the recent technologies available, it is become easier to for teachers to have materials available for the various learning styles.
At my school, I see the teachers doing this each day, especially within grade 3-5. For instruction, the teachers are using the SMART Boards to construct interactive lessons where the students are expected to see the material, manipulate the material, and hear the material. Teachers are creating test that can be read to students (who need it) by using Audacity. They are using SMART Response and Turning Point "clickers" to provide quick assessments without doing it with paper/pencil. Now that I have explored (and shared the experience) with Animoto I can see then using this tool as well.
As I mentioned before, incorporation of all the learning styles is difficult. But presenting lessons that allow for multiple modes of learning within the course of the lessons can greatly impact the engagement and knowledge of the students. Teachers need to be mindful of their students and create the tasks that are going to play into the learning styles of the students.