This week in class, we identify the way we learn. It is a profoundly important lesson to learn, yet one often overlooked. Identifying our strengths and weaknesses is critical to helping ourselves become a better learner. With this knowledge, students can become more involved in their learning, deciding the best ways to study based on scientific fact.
As parents and teachers we often teach what we know. This means, simply, that we use the methods that we were taught by to teach our children. While it is sometimes good, conflict between students and parents/teachers sometimes exists when this method doesn’t work. Think about you and your child – does he/she study the way you did? And if so, is it producing results? I’m not a neuroscientist, so I don’t know if it’s genetic. But I do know that each person learns differently. Children and parents may learn the same way based on chance or science, but it still happens enough. But when it DOESN’T happen, and a child isn’t learning when we (parents and teachers) have tried everything we know, frustration sets in.
This mini-unit is designed to help students (as well as parents) learn the best way they study. In this classroom, we use a diverse number of learning styles. Yes, I’m biased towards some (my own) as it’s what I know, but I make a concerted effort to include all learning styles to draw in all learners. This why we do individual writing, group presentations, sing songs, build buildings, draw pictures, use maps, and read personal accounts and testimony. They address all the learning styles that we will learn about this week.
This is the Student Learning Profile that each student will begin Monday, and complete through the week. I invite parents to take a look at it, but also to help their students use their best methods to study. Students should keep this in their binder throughout the year so we can check in on our progress and monitor what we’re doing right and wrong.