I am so pleased to once again welcome Dr. Erica Warren to Minds in Bloom. Just like her post on Reading Disabilities, this post is packed with useful information to help you reach every learner in your class.
the four learning modalities: visual, auditory, tactile and
kinesthetic. But are you aware of the other eight ways of processing
information too? Demonstrating and accommodating all 12 ways of
assimilating knowledge is essential these days and multisensory instruction as
well as multisensory assignment options can help you to reach all types of
learners. What’s more, you will be
preparing your students to be flexible, lifelong learners.
Visual Learners encode
and recall information that is seen.
Present images that reflect the academic content.
Encourage these learners to view
pictures, diagrams and webs on the Internet that previews or summarizes lessons.
and recall information that is heard.
Make sure that all your auditory
learners can hear you clearly.
Allow auditory learners the option to
just listen. Don’t require them to take
notes, but provide them a copy of your own notes or a peer’s notes.
and recall material that they can touch.
Use manipulatives that the students
Suggest note taking, as some tactile
learners encode best when they write down what they hear.
and recall best when they are moving their bodies.
Provide your learners with short
kinesthetic “brain breaks” during a long lesson.
Integrate activities that allow your
students to move around the class.
Eight Ways of Learning, and How Can I Accommodate Them?
recall sequenced or ordered information.
Present sequenced instructions.
recall information that is categorized, shows the “big picture,” and clearly
defines main ideas and details.
Summarize important information.
Define and discuss main ideas and
Utilize flow charts and diagrams.
recall by processing ideas and thoughts aloud.
Present opportunities for students to
process ideas verbally through discussions.
Encourage verbal learners to repeat
back instructions and to verbally plan and record assignments.
recall best with the company of others.
Allow these learners to collaborate on
projects or classroom activities.
Help these students to arrange study
recall information by thinking about or processing information internally and
making connections to prior experiences.
Offer the option for students to work
independently and process ideas internally.
Encourage free writing activities and
journals that share internal thoughts.
Learners encode and recall instruction that is demonstrated.
Offer vicarious learning experiences
Provide real-life anecdotes of
Experience Learners encode and recall real-life experiences.
Make connections between what
students are learning in the classroom and the “real world.”
Inform learners about activities
available in their local communities and cities (historic sites, museums,
Take your class on field trips.
Learners encode and recall information with the use of songs and rhythm.
Offer music that suggests a time
period or mood.
Associate melodies with information
to be learned.
Listen to and sing songs that
incorporate educational material.
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multisensory instruction and assignment options, you will accommodate more
learners, and your lessons will be more engaging. If you would like to
learn more on how to assess your students’ best ways of learning, CLICK HERE. If you have any thoughts or questions, I
would love to hear from you.
a learning specialist, educational therapist and author of multisensory, and
mindful educational materials. She resides in New York, where she works one on
one with students as a “personal trainer for the brain” and an educational consultant/teacher
trainer. Dr. Warren offers her materials at Good
Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials, and Teachers PayTeachers. You can read her blog here.