Accomodating different learning
These students respond well to color-coding of information.When studying for a test, suggest that visual learners create flash cards for review.These can become group and individual class projects; the station thus augments social, solitary, mathematical, aural and visual learning also.A widely-used learning style accommodation is Fleming's VAK model, which addresses visual, aural and kinesthetic learning in classroom teaching.Finally, students create a class product, such as a story, poem or essay, through group brainstorm -- social style -- and then individual creation -- solitary style.
Groups can brainstorm problems, thus applying verbal, logical and social styles.
In Literature, a short story's lesson plan includes text with pictures in a Power Point, appealing to verbal and visual students.
For students learning through logical sequencing, the teacher demonstrates a graphic organizer with the story arc; the "tableau" strategy, where students act out the story and disclose key motivations, which pinpoints narrative structure for kinesthetic learners.
The model suggests multiple-stage teaching elements to accommodate each learning style, on the theory that each style augments the others. For visual learners, teachers color-highlight the text to organize ideas.
For aural learners, teachers also read the text aloud, and encourage verbal analogies -- "this situation on paper is like this real-life situation." For kinesthetic learners, teachers require text annotation and question-and-answer sessions.
One strategy for elementary kinesthetic learners is the science learning station, a separate table, cubicle or space for hands-on science projects.