People learn differently. This is no surprize, so why do we shove standardized curriculum down people's throat, without considering learning style?
This was the topic of discussion recently when I was an inspirational speaker for a group of educators.
While I was listening to the motivational talk from the other inspirational speaker for the educators, I was evaluating how I learn.
I learn best by doing. Not telling, not watching or observing others- but by doing. Often called kinesthetic or "hands-on" learning. Others thrive on detail, while I prefer minimal but meaningful content. I don't like to listen and memorize, I like to practice. Apparently 25% of the population are kinesthetic learners.
Ultimately people learn by hearing( Auditory), by watching (visual) or by doing (kinesthetic). Most people teach the way they prefer to learn.
What I took away from the motivational talk is for educators to ask the question,
In my training, do I:
- Talk too much and give too much detail. (Which will suit the Auditory learners the most)
- Demonstrate more than I involve (Which will suit the visual learners the most)
- Involve more than explain ( which will suit kinesthetic learners the most)
Great teachers balance all three teaching styles.
As an inspirational speaker for the educators I had a lot of fun tying in the 3 learning styles relative to teaching and how others learn. There is a lot of humor in this!