Albert Einstein said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
As teachers grow in perfecting their craft, they have learned to look outside of how they learn best to thinking about how their students learn best. Education is ever evolving and discovering that traditional learning--sitting in desks quietly with paper/pencil tasks and using rote memory-- isn’t the best way for our students to learn and retain knowledge.
Today’s teachers know that it is important to teach students to really think to solve a problem. And, in order to do that, they must think the way that they are designed to think—there isn’t just “one right way.”
What Does This Mean?
As any teacher is well aware, no two students are alike! This can be a daunting task for teachers who have somewhere between 20 and 30 students in their classrooms. Thank goodness for the Gardner’s theory of the multiple intelligences which has broken it down to just 8 intelligences!
At STEM Fuse, we've broken it down to just six styles by incorporating the interpersonal and intrapersonal emotional intelligences into all six of the learning styles.
Our team along with a team of researchers, developed a quiz for teachers, parents, and students to use to assist them in knowing how they learn best. As each person usually dominates in two learning styles, taking this quiz can help teams to develop the best learning plan for each student. Also provided, is a sheet to explain each learning style so that parents, teachers, and students can know exactly what works and doesn’t work in a learning plan.
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Points to Ponder:
- How is your learning style(s) the same or different from your student’s?
- How will giving each student a sheet on their styles help you and help them in the classroom?