Working with different learning styles

No two learners are alike. When designing a class or learning experience it’s important to consider different people’s learning styles.

There are many different kinds of teaching tools you can use in every lesson to make learning memorable, accessible (and fun!) to wider range of learning styles. The following list of tools can be helpful to think about when designing your lessons. Try to use some different kinds of activities to make your class unique and interesting and engage different learning styles.

Modeling Teacher shows learners how to do something, step by step, by being a model.

Guided Practice Learners work through an activity with specific guidance and feedback from the teacher.

Think/Pair/Share Teacher presents a question or activity. Learners have a few minutes to think about it independently. Then, they pair up with a fellow learner and share their thoughts.

Gallery Walk Chart paper is hung up throughout the room. Learners write or draw their responses on the paper and then walk around to see what responses other learners offered.

Jigsaw groups Learners are divided into groups and a leader is assigned for each group. Take the content of your class and divide it among the groups. Let each group become an “expert” in their assigned content. Then scramble the groups, having one person from each group form a new group. Learners will then present their expert information to their new groups.

Journaling Learners record their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the material they have learned.

Sharing Learners share their learning and get feedback/redirection.

Homework Practice what you’ve learned alone in your own time and get ready for the next class.

Graphic Organisers Learners use visual tools such as Venn diagrams, concept maps, flowcharts, and outlines to organise their ideas.

Role Play Learners engage in a short role play activity to put a learning concept into a real-world context.

Student Mentors More advanced learners pair up with novice learners to offer specific tips and guidance.

Analyse Video or Audio Video or audio record learners engaging in learning. Then play it back for them.

Quiz or test Learners use a formal written or oral assessment of learning.

Essay Have learners write an essay to display their learning.

Performance or Presentation Have learners give a brief performance or presentation to assess their learning.

Opening Activity As learners begin class, use a short opening activity to assess their current knowledge in the class content.

Exit Slip As learners leave class, present them with an index card with a specific question about the class content. Use their responses to guide your next teaching experience.

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