Different people like to learn in different ways. One of the first questions I asked my class was to tell me what would help them learn. The response was a myriad of methods, and most likely reflective of the different learning styles present in virtually every classroom. Some students wanted to understand theories, others just wanted practical application, some wanted group work, and others reveled in listening and quietly ‘think through’ ideas and concepts.
How to manage these diverse preferences and expectations? Apply all of the above! Here are some of the teaching strategies I used.
For learners who have a preference for….
Extraversion (E) ask questions to create classroom discussion, make use of role-plays and group work to practice concepts
Introversion (I) use lectures to provide information, work stories and individual assignments for reflection
Sensing (S) use real life anecdotes, case studies and specific examples to connect textbook theory to the ‘real world’
Intuition (I) ask questions to explore possibilities, suggest material for additional reading, link material to its future potential
Thinking (T) use statistics, data, and facts, invite students to ask ‘why’ and think critically about specific situations and scenarios
Feeling (F) use icebreakers and activities to create camaraderie, connect subject matter to potential impact on individuals
Judging (J) present material in an orderly way, stick to the topic, review agendas, outlines, and clearly communicate assignment due dates
Perceiving (P) create flexibility by varying the timing of breaks, allow students to self select work groups
Without a doubt, not all students equally favoured all teaching methods. But as one student pointed out, there’s so many learning styles that it would be impossible to cater to each individuals preference 100% of the time. Combining teaching methods ensure that learners receive information in their preferred way of learning (at least in part) and is more likely to create a meaningful and enjoyable experience for everyone.
What are some of your favourite teaching techniques?
Read Part 1 of this 2-part article for a peek into how the different personality types like to learn: Teaching to Personality Type (Part 1)