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How to Accommodate Learning Styles in the Classroom

The Seven Learning Styles

The types of learning styles explain the different ways in which students prefer to learn and process material. There are seven learning styles:

  1. Visual learning style: prefer information to be presented in graphs and pictures
  2. Auditory learning style: learn by listening
  3. Verbal learning style: work well with written information or spoken word
  4. Kinesthetic learning style: learn best through movement and hands-on activities
  5. Logical learning style: think mathematically and systematically and use reasoning
  6. Interpersonal learning style: work best in groups and through collaboration
  7. Intrapersonal learning style: prefer to tackle tasks on their own and reflect often

What are Learning Styles? - Types & Concept

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By understanding the characteristics of each learning style and how to apply that knowledge in the classroom, teachers can engage every student in their learning and improve outcomes. Keep this learning styles chart handy to reference what each learning style is and activity ideas for each one!

Teaching to Learning Styles

Teaching to students' different learning styles can have huge benefits for the entire classroom. Students will be more engaged in their learning if the method of delivery matches well with their learning style. For example, auditory learners will appreciate a lecture, while kinesthetic learners will enjoy performing a skit.

Another important reason to incorporate learning styles in teaching is that it engages every student in multimodal learning. Research shows that exposing a student to material in multiple modes helps them learn it faster and retain it longer. By watching a video and doing a hands-on activity, students will hear, see, and feel the concept, helping them connect to the material in a deeper, stronger way.

Teachers can get very creative when it comes to applying their knowledge of learning styles to the classroom.

To accommodate verbal learners, teachers can ask students to:

  • Write and practice a speech on a given topic
  • Explain a concept to someone next to them
  • Create a word game, like a crossword puzzle

To help interpersonal learners, teachers can have students:

  • Complete a self-assessment about their strengths and weaknesses
  • Work independently on a research project
  • Take 10 minutes every day to journal about a topic

The ideas above are only a few examples of how to adapt instruction to different learning styles. Use the resources below for more effective strategies for accommodating all types of learners in the classroom!

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