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Every person learns differently From kindergartner to postgraduate levels only students can do the earning and they do it in their own particular individual learning styles Some children pick something up the first time they hear it Others may not grasp a concept until theyve had the chance to see it in print or to write it themselves These people all use different learning modalities There are four basic ways in which people learn Auditory learners gain information with the use of their ears Visual learning takes place with the use of our eyes Kinesthetic learning derives from the use of our muscles and skin Photographic learners use all of their senses to obtain information Everyone gains information by all of these means yet some people tend to favor one aspect over another or rely more heavily on one combination For example writing down kinesthetic what we hear auditory combine two modalities or styles A majority of people learn visually so visual aids are a must It is best to teach to all of the first three modalities when introducing a lesson with emphasis on the visual You can use learning modalities in your teaching by finding out how individual students learn and letting them know what their strongest modes are They can learn to use this information for themselves and you can encourage them to strengthen modalities that may be weak The best thing that teachers can do is provide instruction tools and an environment that allows them to learn through the channels that work best for them Teaching to learning styles can be viewed as using a variety of methods to reach all students Teachers who desire to enhance learning to optimal levels will want a deeper understanding of learning styles and ways to accommodate them This involves an awareness of learning style theories an understanding of ones own learning preferences and knowing how to match instruction to learning styles
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