How Do You Accommodate Different Learning Styles in the Classroom?

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Teachers can accommodate different learning styles by varying the types of activities and assignments presented in the classroom. The three most common learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic.

Teachers can accommodate students with visual learning styles by using webs, flow charts or maps to organize materials. Color-coded books or highlighted passages within reading materials also help visual learners absorb material. Prompting students to write out spelling words or create flash cards helps accommodate visual learning styles. In addition, drawing pictures or cartoons is an effective way to teach to visual learners.

Students with auditory learning styles respond well to group or class discussions. Teachers can accommodate auditory learners by posing questions about material, assigning oral summaries of materials or reading information aloud. Auditory learners can also tape lectures or review sessions to learn the material or engage in songs to learn material.

Teachers can accommodate kinesthetic learners by using role play to dramatize concepts or prompt students to move objects to learn new concepts. Kinesthetic learners absorb material well by envisioning scenarios or scenes that illustrate the material. For example, teachers can prompt students to imaging being a character from a novel or assign students a play to write to illustrate the moral of the story. Kinesthetic learners also benefit from writing out materials to be learned or tracing words or diagrams on paper.