TITLE: Important Sentences about Learning Styles AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: May 06, 2016 2:25 PM DESC: ----- BODY: From Learning styles: what does the research say?:
... it seems to me that the important "takeaway" from the research on learning styles is that teachers need to know about learning styles if only to avoid the trap of teaching in the style they believe works best for them. As long as teachers are varying their teaching style, then it is likely that all students will get some experience of being in their comfort zone and some experience of being pushed beyond it. Ultimately, we have to remember that teaching is interesting because our students are so different, but only possible because they are so similar. Of course each of our students is a unique individual, but it is extraordinary how effective well-planned group instruction can be.
Variety is an essential element of great teaching, and one I struggle to design into my courses. Students need both mental comfort and mental challenge. Changing pace every so often allows students to focus in earnest for a while and then consolidate knowledge in slower moments. Finally, changing format occasionally is one way to keep things interesting, and when students are interested, they are more willing to work. And that's where most learning comes from: practice and reflection. -----