15th November 2018
We all have preferred learning styles that help us to engage with content and retain information. The three core learning styles are auditory, visual and kinaesthetic learning.
Kinaesthetic learning happens when we have a hands on experience. An example of a kinaesthetic learning experience is when a child learns to use a swing or to ride a bike. They can read instructions or listen to instructions, but deep learning occurs via the process of doing.
The characteristics of a kinaesthetic learner are that they need a multi-sensory learning environment for deep learning as they learn through ‘doing’. A kinaesthetic learner is someone who needs to be actively engaged in their learning. They are ‘tactile’ learners who use movement, testing, trial and error and a non-traditional learning environment to retain information and excel.
When teaching it is important to understand the most effective ways your students retain information and understand the concepts you teach them.
When you can identify those that need a traditional approach, with handouts, lecture style lessons and verbal summaries, you can cater to the auditory learners.
Students who need mind-maps, colour coded notes and visual guides will appreciate information set out this way. They are visual learners.
Make sure you have ‘hands on’ experiences, lessons that have a practical aspect and include movement for kinaesthetic learners.
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