Logical/Mathematical Learning Style: Characteristics & Strategies

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  • 0:05 Learning Through Math & Logic
  • 0:51 What Makes a Logical Learner?
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Christine Serva

Christine has an M.A. in American Studies, the study of American history/society/culture. She is an instructional designer, educator, and writer.

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Elaine Chan

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Logical/mathematical learners tend to be great problem solvers. What else is right up their alley? This lesson gives you a brief look at their strengths and how you can support this style in your classroom.

Learning Through Math & Logic

Can you spot the pattern in these letters and numbers?

A, 1, C, 2, F, 3, J, 4, O, 5, U

Here's the answer: When you go from A to C, you skip 1 letter: B. When you go from C to F, you skip 2 letters. When you go from F to J, you skip 3 letters, and so on.

Does this pattern make your head hurt? Or do you find it interesting or even easy? Those who lean towards finding this logic easy to spot are usually logical/mathematical learners. This lesson summarizes the characteristics of those with this learning style and will provide you with ideas for how to teach logical/mathematical learners.

What Makes a Logical Learner?

Logical/mathematical learners may include those we consider to be math whizzes, but the style is much more than that. This learning style tends to have insight into systems. In other words, a logical learner is better skilled than other types in looking at a series of parts and seeing how they are interconnected. This makes them particularly good at puzzles and strategy games, such as chess.

Most learners in this category will value factual information to back up claims. Statistics and data are often important to logical/mathematical learners. Rather than relying on gut instinct, a logical learner will want to know how you came to a particular conclusion, what led you down a certain path to your belief, if it is valid, and what facts can confirm your ideas.

Supporting a Logical Learning Style

A person with this learning style will naturally seek out answers to complex questions and problems, seeing connections where others may see confusion. If possible, provide students with opportunities to make use of this skill during activities.

Let's go through a list of classroom activities that can support these types of learners.

1. Ask students to simulate a scenario in which they try to address an issue from multiple perspectives.

For example, if you are teaching about the challenges of climate change, ask students to consider this from different points of view (business owners, consumers, government officials, other nations, etc.) and to propose solutions that tackle these many angles of a system.

2. Create a mystery to solve with clues that require logical thinking or math.

For example, create a scenario that asks the question, 'Who stole the chocolate chip cookies?' Then have grade-level appropriate clues like, 'Of the five suspected cookie-stealers, 20% have a chocolate allergy and wouldn't likely steal the cookies.'

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Learning styles

The major learning styles are Visual, Aural, Verbal, Physical, Logical, Social, and Solitary. Visual Learning involves pictures and images. Aural Learning uses sound and music. Verbal Learning utilizes words in speech and writing. Physical Learning uses body, hands, and touch. Logical Learning uses logic, reasoning, and systems. Social Learning involves learning in groups or with other people. Solitary Learning utilizes working alone or self-study. Learning styles can also be mixed, in that, a person has more than one learning style depending on what is to be learnt.

Logical Learning

Math dance has become popular to teach math to students using shapes. Symmetry and graphs are also taught while dancing. It should also be possible to teach physical learning to students whose primary learning mode is logical. Students use their arms to indicate the shapes of mathematical functions. By moving their feet in various directions and dropping objects on the floor, they make shapes.

Problem 1:

How to display a constant function?

Problem 2:

Display the graph of y = x.

Problem 3:

Make a square on the floor.

Answer Key:

1. A constant function is two arms, outstretched in opposite directions, parallel to the floor.

2. The left arm is plus 45 degrees to the horizontal and the right arm is minus 45 degrees to the horizontal.

3. Move 6 steps to the right and place a card on the floor. Move 6 steps backward and place a card on the floor. Move 6 steps to the left and place a card on the floor. Move 6 steps forward and place a card on the floor. Connect the cards with a line to form a square.

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