Accomodating different learning

For homework, they may elect to write out their objectives or cross-reference the objectives with the notes.

This is a more efficient approach for those students who learn better by listening than by writing.

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At the beginning of each semester I give a learning styles inventory to determine each students' learning style.

I then use that throughout the semester to place students in groups and to develop activities suited for each student/learning style.

I imagine other instructors would have this same question. However, by trying to incorporate various methods into your teaching, you may be able to reach the majority of your students.

At the college level, it is expected that students have an idea of how to adapt to most teachers—although it cannot hurt to help them out a little!

Instructors should be open to using and selecting the appropriate tool that will help students achieve the learning objective.

I recently had an instructor that wanted more information or training about how to select the best tool for a particular learning style. Odds are, every student in your class has a different preferred learning style, which can make it difficult for you to be the most effective teacher.

I use a variety of materials and approaches in my classroom to help accommodate differences in learning style.

I use visual aids when presenting orally, to help both the visual and auditory learners.

Assessments that can be computer graded if possible (short answer and essay are rarely graded unless parsing is included in the technology infrastructure) should be included to cover the entire scope of the lesson.

They should also be in a variety of forms (identify and define, true/false, multiple choice, multiple answer, short answer, essay) so that individual learning styles are challenged, and so that students are encouraged to build a ‘learning cycle.’ They should also employ all 6 levels of Bloom’s taxonomy so that students are challenged to think on different levels.

Below I have a couple of different learning styles and ways in which you can accommodate them.

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