Monthly Archives: February 2011

What are kinesthetic teaching methods?

Kinesthetic Teaching Method

There are many kinesthetic teaching methods. Anytime you can have students touch and feel something you are using a kinesthetic teaching method. Kinesthetic teaching methods have to do with movement. Role playing is a useful kinesthetic teaching method in subjects like Language Arts and Social Studies. If a teacher has a student in Science conducting an experiment, that is a kinesthetic teaching method. The same goes for building something like a historical puppet and then putting on a puppet show to demonstrate knowledge of the content. Building a robot in technology is also an example of a kinesthetic teaching method. Using kinesthetic teaching methods to differentiate instruction can be an easy and fun way to tweak mini-lessons and activities.

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Why should you use kinesthetic teaching methods?

Kinesthetic teaching methods can be very useful for students who learn best actively. One group of students that will almost always benefit from the use of kinesthetic teaching methods are students labeled ADHD. These students need breaks and have a ton of energy to burn. The more you can get kinesthteic learners to move, the better. Using kinesthetic teaching methods is a great way to differentiate instruction. When you differentiate instruction using kinesthetic teaching methods, you have more of a chance to reach more students.

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What is the spatial learning style?

What is the spatial learning style?

The spatial learning style is a style of learning based on the multiple intelligence theory by Dr. Howard Gardner. One of the multiple intelligences is spatial intelligence. The people who have a spatial learning style are visual learners. They learn best by seeing or creating visuals. People with a spatial learning style see the end product unlike those with a logical learning style who see steps. This learning style can be used often in classes like science and social studies to differentiate instruction in both mini-lessons and activities or work sessions. When studying, a mnemonic roman room might work well to remember content. When students with the spatial learning style read and write they visualize the events. This helps make the content much more meaningful and interesting for them. When learning content, those with the spatial learning style, appreciate things like diagrams, pictures, cartoons and other visuals.

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How can you differentiate instruction using the spatial learning style?

Differentiate Instruction using the Spatial Learning Style

Teachers can use the spatial learning style to differentiate instruction quickly. Before we get too far though, let’s discuss what the spatial learning style is. People with the spatial learning style have the ability to understand and interpret concepts visually.

So if a teacher wants to use the spatial learning style to differentiate instruction, they need to bring in visuals for their mini-lesson or have the students create them in the activity they do. During the mini-lesson, the teacher can easily use a PowerPoint presentation with multi-media like pictures, videos, cartoons, paintings, maps, etc. or bring in artifacts in order to differentiate instruction using the spatial learning style.

If a teacher wants to differentiate instruction using the spatial learning style during an activity they can offer one of these as an option:

  • drawing  a political cartoon
  • creating a poster
  • creating a tattoo
  • drafting
  • photography
  • creating a video
  • creating a PowerPoint
  • creating a cartoon on the Internet
  • creating a comic strip
  • fashion design
  • advertisement
  • diagram
  • diorama
  • graphic organizers

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What are forms of expository writing?

Forms of Expository Writing

Expository writing is writing to show knowledge of a subject. It is commonly used. If you have ever read a how to article or an article in a magazine that explains a piece of content, you have read expository writing. Expository writing is used in most professional environments so it is very important, and I think the most important, type of writing for students to learn. Here are some forms of expository writing that a teacher can assign in a classroom environment.
  • Expository Paragraph
  • Expository Essay
  • Data Based Question Essay
  • Expository Newspaper Article
  • Textbook Writer Activity
  • Expository Children’s Book Writer

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What careers are good for people with an intrapersonal learning style?

Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa had Intrapersonal Learning Styles

If you have ever wondered what careers are good for those of your students with an intrapersonal learning style, I have some answers for you. Interpersonal grouping has been such a focus lately in schools that we forget that the intrapersonal learning style also need to be nourished. They hold just as much importance in professions as those who enjoy to work with others.

Just because intrapersonal learning styles prefer to work alone, doesn’t mean there is something wrong with them. It means that they trust themselves and how could that possibly be a bad thing? Don’t we want our students to have self confidence and be able to depend on themselves? There will be times when groups are not an option as many of the following professions show.

Entrepreneurs, like myself, are usually considered to have an intrapersonal learning style. I started my own business because I like to work alone. I enjoy creating differentiated lesson plans. I enjoy writing and I enjoy doing research. Each of these is done by myself. Don’t get me wrong, I like to work with others too, on things that are not connected to my business like the ARMY FRG and soccer teams, but I feel like I can depend on myself more to do things correctly for my own business. I don’t like waiting for others to finish or worse, having to check over and then fix what they’ve done. Many entrepreneurs, myself included, create their own businesses to work by themselves because they want to have more freedom to do things their own way. If you can’t tell by now, many of those with the intrapersonal learning style are perfectionists and goals setters. They feel that their ideas are good. They trust themselves enough to invest their time and money into their businesses. If someone doesn’t have an intrapersonal learning style, they should NEVER open their own business.

Clergy members have an intrapersonal learning style. Many of them work alone creating their sermons and taking care of  the church. They will do research on the church and learn the bible by themselves. This may be surprising to some but it is because they know themselves so well they can relate easily to others and help those in need. This is the same for psychologists and social workers.

Writers, philosophers, theorists and artists don’t work in groups either. They come up with their own ideas and then create, sometimes, masterpieces.

Architects, computer engineers, graphic designers, computer programmers, are some other professionals that have the intrapersonal learning style.

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What is the intrapersonal learning style?

Intrapersonal Learning Style

The idea of an intrapersonal learning stylecomes from one of Howard Gardners original seven multiple intelligences; intrapersonal intelligence. Learning styles refer to how a student learns best. Intrapersonal learning stylelearns best when working alone. They are considered to be “self-smart”. They know themselves well. They are comfortable by themselves. They have self-confidence. They know how to plan and execute a task and trust themselves to get it done correctly. They depend on themselves and do not enjoy depending on others. Intrapersonal learners prefer to work alone.

Many times if the intrapersonal learner is put in a group activity they will be frustrated because they will take over the task, but everyone will get the credit. They will see this as unfair. They may also get frustrated with others who do actually do part of the assignment because their performance was not up to their standard of excellence.

There are many careers where the intrapersonal learning style is key. There will always be instances where people must lean on others for certain things or go to meetings to decide what is best, but for the most part many people in business work alone. Most paperwork is done alone. The more computers are used the more we are going to see a need for the intrapersonal learning style.

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