10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2013 4:10 PM by kwissman RSS

Do you teach the way you learn?

Tammy Dewan Novice
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When asking my 8th grader about her new teachers, she had wonderful things to say. (That’s always a great start!) She stated so far that her math teacher really impressed her the most.  When I asked why, she told me how he started out asking questions such as “Who likes to listen to a teacher lecture the whole period? Who would like me to write a problem on the board and have you copy it and not tell you how to do it?”

 

Then he stated that he is aware that people learn through different intelligences so he will teach in a variety of ways so that everyone in his class will be engaged and learn math. My daughter realized that she is an auditory learner.  Here is a quiz based on Gardner's eight multiple intelligences that will display results in how you learn best.

 

It is said teachers teach the way they learn. Here is a great article with research explaining Teaching Style vs. Learning Style by Bettina Lankard Brown.

 

Pratt (2002) presents five perspectives on teaching and has found that most teachers have only one or two perspectives as their dominant view of teaching. However, effective teachers will take from other perspectives to reach the needs of all their students. Review this list…which is your dominant view?

  •     Transmission: Teachers focus on content and determine what students should learn and how they should learn it. Feedback is directed to students' errors.
  •     Developmental: Teachers value students' prior knowledge and direct student learning to the development of increasingly complex ways of reasoning and problem solving.
  •     Apprenticeship: Teachers provide students with authentic tasks in real work settings.
  •     Nurturing: Teachers focus on the interpersonal elements of student learning-listening, getting to know students, and responding to students' emotional and intellectual needs.
  •     Social Reform: Teachers tend to relate ideas explicitly to the lives of the students.

 

After reviewing Pratt’s list, which is your dominant perspective? How have your beliefs shaped how you teach? In what ways can you adopt other perspectives and apply them in your classroom?

 


  • Re: Do you teach the way you learn?
    Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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    This list made me stop and think about my teaching perspective.  After much thought, I would say Developmental is my dominant teaching view because I used pre-tests to determine students' prior knowledge and then assigned tasks requiring higher levels of thinking--reasoning, problem solving, analyzing, and synthesizing.

     

    Because I taught journalism and advised the yearbook, I also saw teaching as an Apprenticeship for students as they learned skills applicable to real world situations (i.e. photography, design, layout, writing, technology, marketing, advertising, budgeting).

     

    I learn best by doing so I think engaging students in hands-on, exploratory activities helps them remember what they learn.

     

    Science NetLinks has a great interactive Zap! that focuses on determining if a student's learning style is visual or auditory.  The lesson includes a Zap! Reaction Time Data Sheet where students can record their reaction times.  This interactive is a good back-to-school activity as students meet new teachers, and teachers assess multiple intelligences.

     

    I recommend checking out the discussion What's your opinion about learning styles? in Professional Development that addresses this topic.

     

     

    Does anyone have another resource for helping teachers determine their students' learning styles?

    • Re: Do you teach the way you learn?
      mso Novice
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      Thanks Lynne...I just had some fun playing Zap! I look forward to trying this and others with my students...

      Summer PD has led me in the direction of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - a framework for mindful consideration of the learning processes, curriculum, and classroom environment (Hall, Meyer, & Rose; 2012).  An important aspect of this method is being attentive to curriculum that is varied and meets the needs of the students.

      I came across some activites to determine student needs/and MI...here are links:

      http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/index.htm - MI multiple choice online survey

      and

      http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/w1_interactive1.html  - MI snowflake activity yes/no questions

      These 2 links came from -  Internet4classrooms.com (learning styles)

      Enjoy...

       


      • Re: Do you teach the way you learn?
        Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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        Hello mso,

        I appreciate the links you shared because these make such good activities for the first week of school.  Especially in high school, students are adding and dropping classes which makes it difficult for teachers to dive into heavy curriculum study.

         

        Sites, such as you suggested, provide students with helpful feedback and meaningful knowledge about their learning styles.  So often we, as teachers, get so caught up in standards requirements that we overlook the opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and in effect, enhance their learning ability.

         

        I hope teachers will make use of your ideas!

    • Re: Do you teach the way you learn?
      Tammy Dewan Novice
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      Thanks Lynne and Mso for your links! When I was reviewing the 5 perspectives, I quickly decided that nurturing was my dominant perspective. I do focus on getting to know my students and I like to figure out what makes them tick. It is like in Avatar where the Na’vi tribe have a saying, “I see you.” Which translates to I see you on the inside, I connect with you and I understand you. Here is one scene from Avatar where Jake (human) tells Neytiri (alien) he sees her. I think we need to teach our students this concept and have them really get to know people from the inside and understand different perspectives.

    • Re: Do you teach the way you learn?
      cmuller Novice
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      Hi Lynne Hoffman,

       

      While a Graduate Student at SUNY Cortland, I received a few different resources on teaching learning styles. To teach my students about their different learning styles I have used my Learning Styles Packet along with its Learning Channel Preference Handout and a Learning Styles Chart. (This chart helps draw out your students' strengths.)  "Learning styles have to do with the typical ways people take in and process information, make decisions, and form values." (From the Learning Styles Handout Packet, 2000) I have also used the "True Colors" packet.  It basically states we all have all four colors:  Gold, Blue, Green, and Orange but varies depending upon which colors are our brightest colors.  The idea of "True Colors" is that people who feel good about themselves will be successful.  When I have a student who is at a lower level, I use Learning Styles Worksheets or Surveys off the Internet.

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    mwedwards Novice
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    I think many of us do teach based on the way we learn since that is what makes the most sense to us! But that is not always what is best for our students. I think involving students in the creation of and the locating of the content from which to learn is a great way to add the feeling of ownership to learning. That also pulls in the research surrounding Multiple Intelligences and Bloom as well as Marzano.

     

    I guess we don't all have to take the same exact learning journey to gain knowledge.

  • Re: Do you teach the way you learn?
    kwissman New User
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    Hi!

     

    Thanks for posting on such an interesting topic! I think it is important to determine how we as teachers learn as well as how we teach so that we better understand the impact we have on our students. After reading the list of perspectives, I determined most of my lessons take the Social Reform approach because I understand material better when I can relate it to my own life as well as the fact that I feel it helps build student interest and enthusiasm for learning. However, I know it is important to understand that not everyone has experiences that can relate to subject matter and that different approaches must be made. I feel it is important to understand ourselves as well as our students and work to improve daily in an effort to better educate our students.

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