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How do YOU Learn Best?

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We set up our classrooms at the beginning of the year excited to meet the curious faces we will be challenged by for the next school year.

We are provided with county and state assessment data, school profiles and we'll just call it "previous teacher insight."

We have these new curious minds,  but yet at times we already have some perceptions of the way and what they will need be successful in our classroom with out even meeting them for the first time.

So I challenge you.... ask the question... ask it often....

How Do You Learn Best? or How do you Like to Learn?

The data you collect will be more vaulable than the profiles we recieve or the numbers on the state standardized reports. If we don't have an understanding of how our students learn, to get them engaged in their learning, developing a need to want to learn then how are we really moving them forward in their learning environments.

These converstaions with your students lead to them feeling valued and having a voice in how their learning will be structured. More importantly it challenges us to become more partners in their learning process making it less about how we want to teach them and more about what they need to learn best!

Here are some student responses:




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Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
Teaching Middle School 'Technology, Engineering & Design' in Northfield, NJ

Brilliant! I asked these same questions of our students back in 2012 when we were implementing a new, STEM-enhanced technology program here at my school. We recorded the answers via video, but, these written responses are very, very similar! We had some great conversations which ultimately led to some design elements working their way into my classroom. We strive every day to live up to those desires!

Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

I'm mostly going to be working with adult learners in my new job, but I know that this question will be supremely important to me helping to develop meaningful learning opportunities.

My main concern is with the "they don't know what they don't know" factor. A student may have not yet been exposed to the most meaningful way for them to learn or to express their learning, and therefore might choose actually inferior systems for their own learning simply because of lack of exposure.

Gwen Pescatore's picture
Gwen Pescatore
President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

No matter how young or old, no matter what the setting, we need to understand what makes people tick. What are their passions? Struggles? How do they handle stress/pressure? Are they more creative, or do they see things black and white?

As a parent, I have to tweak how I work with and attempt to inspire my children to reach for more. My daughter would shut down if I forced her to learn in the same manner as my son. Some things that I do are in response to how they react - but much of it is asking them how they would like to accomplish whatever the said goal is.

Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

Oh yes! Now we're talking. I was never asked this question....ever. Probably not until graduate school, I was asked how I like to learn and also how I like to present/report on what I learned.

I don't ask this question enough. I observe. I get it. But I don't ask it enough. Thanks for reminding me. I've been thinking of a good way to have third graders tell me how they learn. Maybe a graphic with different pictures. A book, a movie projector, computer, art, music notes...They can circle how the like to learn. Or maybe put them in an order of importance.

Good Post!


laurhobbs's picture

Exactly... that is how we collected some data with this with kindergartners with pictures.... another great way to collect this if you have any devices would be just a quick movie clip... the best part about this is when we engage kiddos in this they find themselves talking to their peers about how they like to learn and really start to develop some deeper thinking behind "why" they like to learn this way!

laurhobbs's picture

It is a tough thing to live up to and requires some very flexible mindsets with teachers. However once teachers take this risk, they start to realize the shift in that in order to be partners in their students learning, they have to understand the how they learn best!

laurhobbs's picture

Thank you for sharing this.. I was able to work with teachers today on using this as a scaffold :)


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