March 2009 Blog Posts
Why Learning Style Group Profiles Are Better Than Lesson Planning
What are Learning Style Group Profiles?
Learning Style Group Profiles are a free tool available from Creative Learning. When your class has completed their Learning Style Analysis (LSA) profiles and you’re faced with reading 16 pages of results for every student, you can create a group profile for your class instead.
A group profile is a summary of all the learning strengths and flexibilities in your class. It will empower you as the teacher to get to know what makes your pupils tick when it comes to:
a. Behavioural problems
b. Learning challenges
The Second Secret
As we’ve already learnt, the secret of Learning Styles extends beyond the visual / auditory / kinaesthetic manner in which you like to learn. While the LSA tool offered by us on this website does explore sensory modalities at length, we also look at many other elements that determine learning and working success.
My Desk and I
· Do you like working at a desk or would you prefer sitting somewhere less informal and more comfortable if given the choice?
· Do you like putting your papers in folders and filing cabinets or have them stacked all over your room?
Many websites have a very limited definition of Learning Styles. They narrowly define a Learning Style according to whether you are a Visual Learner, an Auditory Learner, or a Tactile/Kinesthetic Learner.
A Visual Learner learns information best by seeing it. The eyes of a visual learner are the most important sense for learning new information.
An Auditory Learner learns information best by hearing it. An auditory learner relies on the ears for learning new or difficult concepts.
A Tactile Learner learns information best by touching it. Such learners rely on their hands to help internalise a new idea.
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Would You Buy Your Homework Online?
It’s not a joke! The French are doing it already: for just a few EURO their kids can download answers to their maths homework problems.
"It is shocking. It defeats the purpose of education,” said a secondary school teacher in Paris.
Of Course You Wouldn’t
The point of maths homework (and indeed, of most homework) is that you learn by repetition. The human brain evolved to notice patterns, and we are biologically programmed to derive enormous intellectual satisfaction from recognising the rules that govern a certain type of problem. For example: