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Exploring Learning Differently

Learning Styles

Just as students have different ways of taking in, organizing, and make sense of new learning – so do teachers. Learning is easier and more enjoyable when learners and teachers first build on their strengths and use strategies that have worked well for them in the past. So often, a “light bulb goes on” when one realizes that a method that doesn’t work for you is not likely to be as successful as one that is better-suited to your personal learning style. This new knowledge also helps learners and teachers to adapt to difficult learning environments as they can either use strategies that work better for them or reassure themselves that a more effective learning environment would produce more successful results.

Sensory Models

Types Of Learning Styles

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Multiple Intelligences

Multiple intelligences is a psychological and educational theory put forth by psychologist Howard Gardner, which suggests that an array of different kinds of "intelligence" exists in human beings. The theory suggests that, rather than relying on a uniform curriculum, schools should offer "individual-centered education", with curricula tailored to the needs of each child.[1] This includes working to help students develop the intelligences they are weaker in. Literacy programs have been exploring this concept to draw in a range of intelligences to strengthen their teaching. Although material about multiple intelligences doesn’t speak explicitly about issues of violence and learning these approaches may be very helpful for students to use and develop their strengths.

1 Reprinted by permission of the Publisher. From Julie Viens and Silja Kallenbach, Multiple Intelligences and Adult Literacy: A Sourcebook for Practitioners, New York: Teachers College Press, © 2004 by Teachers College, Columbia University. All rights reserved.