Last month we talked about Fixation – Fixating and what a month it was! This month we will be talking about Learning Styles; touching on our various styles and methods. I can do this … We can do this! Sit tight and enjoy this journey.
When you were in primary school, what was your style of Learning?
- Was it full of Pictures, Shapes, Sculptures, and Paintings?
- Did it involve Gestures, Body Movements, Object Manipulation, and Positioning?
- Were you Listening to Music, Rhythms, Tones, and Chants?
What I have described is a form of Described Learning Modalities.
This type of learning was proposed by Walter Burke Babe and his colleagues as VAK.
1. Visualising Modality
2. Auditory Modality
3. Kinaesthetic Modality
The interesting thing about this is that over time and with age the learning styles of a person grows with maturity and strength.
Can you relate to this? I can, as I am currently studying. With maturity compared to my younger days, I have become more emphatic with age.
I can recall, I found myself unsettled when it came to studying. I hated the word Homework. The fact I had to read books for essays and assignments made me cringe.
Back in my days during primary school, mid-1970’s student punishment was very well known.
Unfortunately, this was a major effect in my schooling. In grade 3, my teacher would take out the cane and hit me. I had to take out my hand and stand there. A feeling never to be forgotten but to move forward from this.
Once I left school, I found a passion for books. Whilst catching the train to work I would read novels. I realised within myself that I loved books. Reading from fiction to non-fiction. The funny thing is how much I have changed. I personally matured and strengthened with age.
It feels really good!
What Walter Burke Babe and his colleagues reported through their studies, is that learning modality strengthens can occur independently or in combination over time. Please refer to the table below.
Descriptions of Learning Modalities
These techniques have enabled teachers from Primary Schools, High Schools, Colleges including Universities some amazing results with their students. Based on the above three principles, they were able to enforce the following:
- Teachers can be both – (Teachers can be learners and learner teachers)
- Everyone can learn under the right circumstances
- Learning is Fun! Learning can be Adventurous! Teachers can make learning appealing!
Teachers were able to cater to different learning styles at once and improve learning by challenging students to learn in different ways by using a variety of teaching methods from each of these Methods Categories.
Methods for visual learners include ensuring that:
- students can see words written, using pictures, and drawing for events
Methods for auditory learners include:
- repeating words aloud, small-group discussion debates, listening to books on tape, oral reports, and oral interpretation.
Methods for tactile/kinesthetic learners include:
- hands-on activities (experiments, etc.), projects, frequent breaks to allow movement, visual aids, role play, and field trips.
Once again, we are learning every day without realising and what a world it is!
Take care – Stay Safe
Love to You All, Graziela
(and Penny too! x)