by Linda Riedemann
Master’s student, University of Florida
4 Types of Learners (Using VARK Scale):
Tips on Teaching VARK Learning Styles:
- Use visual tools (models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs)
- Highlight/color code books and notes
- Write important material on the board
- Use discussion groups
- Have students do presentations in front of the class
- Q & A sessions
- Engage in conversations with students
- Use a textbook
- Have writing assignments
- Include essay questions in exams
- Allow for independent study/reading time
- Provide handouts
- Use PPT and/or write on board
- Take short but frequent breaks
- Allow students to move around the room
- Use role play
- Include hands-on learning
- Incorporate field trips
- Encourage internships
Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences:
A few other theories (not covered in class):
· Richard Felder and Barbara Soloman’s Four Dimension of Learning: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/ILS.pdf
· Bernice McCarthy’s 4MAT System: http://www.aboutlearning.com/
· Malcolm Knowles’s Adult Learning Theory: http://www.qotfc.edu.au/resource/?page=65375
Link to Prezi Presentation: http://prezi.com/2rfqzx3q_f4e/teaching-different-learning-styles/?kw=view-2rfqzx3q_f4e&rc=ref-21263855
- Gardner, H. (1993). Multiple intelligences: the theory in practice. New York, NY: Basic Books.
- Sarasin, L. C. (1999). Learning style perspectives: impact in the classroom. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.
- Sims, R. (1995). The importance of learning styles: Understanding the implications for learning, course design, and education. West Port, CT: Greenwood Press.
Linda Reidemann is a student in Mass Communication Teaching (MMC 6930).