Active Learning – Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style
Use Active Learning to Make Learning Fun
Active learning places the opportunity of learning on the student in ways to help everyone engage based on the 4 different learning style. Active learning can take many forms. Commonly, students will engage in small or large activities centered around writing, talking, problem solving,Active learning can take many forms and be executed in any discipline. Commonly, students will engage in small or large with approaches ranging from short, simple activities like journal writing, problem solving and paired discussions, to longer, involved activities or pedagogical frameworks like case studies, role plays, and structured team-based learning. When active learning uses 4 different learning style in the classroom allows all children to learn in the manner that they understand.
Many Schools are adopting Active Learning over traditional teaching techniques that focused on the Thinker Learning Style.
Starting Point gives the following examples of Active Learning Techniques:
- Think Pair Share: students ponder the answer to a question and then share their thoughts.
- Discussion: promoting a successful discussion depends on correctly framing questions. Discover tips for framing discussion questions to promote higher order thinking.
- Role Playing: students look at the topic from the perspective of a character, who will affect and be affected by a chosen topic.
- Problem solving using real data: students use a variety of data to explore scientific questions.
- Game Based Learning: uses competitive exercises, either pitting the students against each other or through computer simulations.
Research published in 2017 suggests that holding voluntary peer-led study workshops outside of class is especially helpful for students who are less prepared for the courses they are taking. Therefore inviting peers over to work on homework can be fun and beneficial.
Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style
There are four basic learning styles most people have a primary and secondary learning style while others may overlap in to all of them. Not all teachers are proficient at teaching to all learning styles therefore some students will do better in classrooms where their learning style is used to instruct. Understanding your child’s learning style can support their learning at home especially if it is not used in the classroom. Supporting your child in doing homework with their learning style will make it fun and help them understand the concepts being taught.
1) Visual Learner
Someone who learns through site, observing, diagrams, pictures, and or written instructions. Visual learners watch and then take notes, draw or doodle, and make lists.
2) Auditory Learner
Someone who learns through sound, hearing, and telling. Auditory learners listen and then use their own voice to reinforce what they are being taught. Typically they are not afraid to speak up and verbally explain what is being taught.
3) Kinesthetic Learner
Someone who learns through touching, hands-on, tactile experiences or doing things. Kinesthetic learner use their hands and touching to understand the concepts. Typically they learn when in motion and struggle to sit still.
4) Thinking Learners
Someone who learns through reading, writing, and thinking. Thinking learners use research, reading, and writing to understand the concepts being taught. Typically they are able to learn on their own when given the literature or resources to research. Traditional schooling catered to thinking learners.
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Active Learning Starting Point
Active Learning Outside the Classroom: Implementation and Outcomes of Peer-Led Team-Learning Workshops in Introductory Biology by Philip Kudish, Robin Shores, Alex McClung, Lisa Smulyan, Elizabeth A. Vallen, and Kathleen K. Siwicki with Pat Marsteller, Monitoring Editor
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