Get In The "Know"

Knowing the Learner

Do you know your learners?

Have you started collecting student data for use in your classroom? Below is a guide with all resources needed to collect information, how to utilize it, and strategies towards personalizing for every student.

Student Learning Inventories

Most teachers are fairly good at assessing learning styles just by viewing how your students work. But have you ever thought of how a student can grow if they realize they are extremely auditory, a Gold or visual-spatial? Having this information makes a huge difference when having students process information more effectively. This is why it is to your benefit to use the Me at a Glance sheet inside of each class notebook. Go on, click the link and be prepared to have your mind blown.

Beginning next week, have students complete one of the three inventories (True Colors, Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences) weekly and watch them grow in their understanding of themselves and the curriculum. The Me at a Glance page is also to your benefit. Look at it when working one-on-one with a student. This will allow you to glance quickly and explain things in a way that best suits them. This is also ideal when grouping students..."All golds and blues will work together today!"

You'll find a copy of the Getting to Know You resources via the One Drive links below.

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When teachers know how their students learn best, they can design instruction that benefits all students. Knowing their own learning profile can help students become better learners, because they will be able to adjust their interaction with new material in order to understand and retain it.

Be transparent with students. Have class and small group conversations on how each group learns best, what their strengths and weaknesses are, which groups they work well with, and help them to understand why they don't work so well with others. Refer to this PPT with great visuals to help guide these conversations!

they do not give information about the only way individuals learn but provide some base information about the predominant way an individual learns.

Learning sytles will evolve as students grow and that's ok!

Referring to learning styles should be a common task that is integrated into every lesson. Students should be able to speak with confidence about their strengths and weaknesses and how they have learned to overcome those weaknesses.

Creating a video with a group of students walking through the process and discussing, similar to how class discussions should be.