You may already know that the placement of a multitude of school age students in a classroom, of which each student may vary by race, ethnicity, gender, mental level, physical attributes, socio-economic status, etc. But did you know that each student's style of learning also vary in many ways? Have you yet identified how your student learns his or her lesson in the classroom? It is extremely viable that you identify this attribute as early as elementary so that you can make adaptations each time your student progresses to the next grade. Listed below are four types of learning.
Auditory (or Oral) Learners: Students who are identified as oral learners learn primarily by spoken words. They can understand and interpret a lesson by just listening to the instructor's presentation. They tend to speak slowly and tend to be natural listeners. They also tend to have information spoken to them, rather than read to them. Instruction should be lead linearly and in an organized conversation.
Kinesthetic Learners: These types of learners learn primarily by touching objects related to the lesson. Materials such as manipulatives, projects, activities, and whiteboards can greatly enhance the learning of the student because he or she just isn't listening or watching the instructor, but by rather following the lead of the instructor. They tend to be slower talkers, and slow at making decisions, also they have to use all their senses to understand a lesson.
Visual Learners: This learner learns mainly by watching the instructor with his or her instruction. They tend to be fast talkers and exhibit impatience and interrupt often; they use words and phrases that evokes visual images. Instructors must be able to paint a visual picture and demonstrate using visual aids. In extreme cases, a student who is a visual learner may have photographic memory; and can simply view the steps most likely without even taking notes.
Read-Write Learners: These learners prefer ideas to be written in some sort of format, whether it's listed or text-based. Step-by-step instruction is preferential with these types of students. Keywords, charts, diagrams, flowcharts are ideal for these students.