Physical/Kinesthetic Learning Style: Characteristics & Strategies

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

In this lesson, we'll define the three main cognitive learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. We'll focus on the kinesthetic learning style and discuss characteristics and teaching strategies.

Assessing Learning Styles

Sandy, a school teacher, was having difficulty reaching her students. She spent hours lesson planning and was very meticulous on what content to go over. However, with every ounce of effort she still felt as if her students weren't retaining information or learning the concepts she taught. So she called Blane, an instructional coach, for help.

Blane tells Sandy the first step in reaching her students is to get to know their learning style. A learning style describes different ways of how someone best acquires knowledge. There are three main types of learning styles:

  • auditory, learning by hearing,
  • visual, learning by seeing, and
  • kinesthetic, learning by doing.

Blane prints out a learning style assessment and asks Sandy to administer it to the students. Sandy determines 20% of her students are kinesthetic.

Kinesthetic Characteristics

Blane lists the characteristics of kinesthetic learners for Sandy.

Kinesthetic learners:

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