A Differentiated Classroom
Because no child is the same
“Learning experiences are unique to the individual.” This quote would be a great way to introduce the topic of differentiated learning and learning styles. The best way for a student to learn depends on the student. Differentiated learning requires a teacher to know their students so that they can provide them with the necessary tools and tasks to improve their learning experiences. Carol Ann Tomlinson, a professor on differentiated instruction describes this course of action as factoring students’ individual learning styles and levels of readiness before designing a lesson plan. Incorporating content and methods that are conducive for different learning styles can go a long way in providing our students with the best learning experience possible. Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic learning styles will be what our presentation goes more in depth about.
Below you will follow three stations about the different learning styles. You can incorporate the stations in your classroom having the students use 15-20 rotations therefore letting the students focus on all different learning styles to use all parts of their brain and fully transfer knowledge as they are participating in each of the stations.
Station One Visual Learning
Through pictures, students will be able to think rigourously
Station Ideas for the Visual Learner
Example of a Visual Learning Activity for small groups
Station Two- Auditory Learners
An auditory learner MUST HEAR things for them to have the best chance at learning. This type of learner remembers what they hear and say. They mostly enjoy small-group discussion. When teaching this type of learner, the teacher should re-phrase points, vary speed, volume, as appropriate to help create interesting oral texture. The educator should make sure the auditory learners are in a position to hear the lesson. One should incorporate multimedia applications that utilize sounds, music or speech. Examples of this would be to use tape recorders, computer sound cards, musical instruments, or recorded books. Lessons could include, group discussions, reading aloud and putting information into a rhythmic pattern such as a rap, poem, or song.
Station Three Kinesthetic Learning
Creating dance moves or acting as a vocabulary word for learners to transfer knowledge
Labs are a great way for the learner to feel, smell and think about how the vocabulary and concepts really come to life.
Using blocks to understand math while listening to a lesson helps learners focus