A Differentiated Classroom

Because no child is the same

Learning Styles

“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

Being a visual learner, a student must grasp the concept by associating them with images and diagrams. As a teacher creating a station, frayer models for vocabulary will help the students connect words with sentences. Another great way to transfer knowledge to a visual learner is mind mapping. Starting off with the main concept then through a map/diagram students will begin to think creatively and rigorously to really grasp the concept you are teaching. This can demonstrate their knowledge of the concept and the teacher will gain knowledge of what he/she can reteach or go into further detail.

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.

Auditory Learners

Station Three Kinesthetic Learning

Click on the link to find out more about Kinesthetic learning and how to incorporate it in your classroom.


Please take the quiz below to find out what your learning style is!