Jul 22, 2013 Learning Methodology 3877 Views
Teachers tend to have free reign in their classrooms in their decisions on how to teach their students and as such different learning styles are often apparent in schools. Yet which are the most effective and why are these not being used in every classroom if they benefit the students best? All students learn best in different ways so it is hard to know what methods are best. However, here are some methods that have proved to be the most effective.
· Visual - Visual Learners prefer to use pictures and images in their learning. For these students using drawings to explain things will benefit them when it comes to their revision. Teachers can make games out of colored cards to emphasise different facts and get students involved in their learning rather than simply being spoken to while they sit in silence (in which case the teacher has no way of knowing who is listening to them and if what they are explaining is even being understood.)
· Social -These learners prefer to work in groups and teams when trying to solve problems or to complete a task. This can prove to be very effective as students can learn as much from each other than they can learn from their teacher. It can also give the teacher the chance to spend time with members of the class that are struggling and would benefit from a little extra help or explanation. Spider diagrams, and colour can make summaries of topics learnt about in class more fun and entertaining, they are also great for revision.
· Verbal -Using speech and creating class discussions is a great way to get a debate going. This may not always be effective but in some cases it is the perfect way to get students thinking in new ways and considering conclusions they may not have come to if they had been working alone. Getting students together in groups to research different topics and put together a group presentation is a great way of getting students actively learning. They become experts in the assignment they have been given and then teach the rest of the class when they give their presentation, as they in turn learn from the other groups when they give there's.
Education has come a long way since the Victorian Period in which children were simply spoken to by a teacher as they sat in silence. New teaching methods and learning styles had improved and the idea that children should be the ones asking questions not the teachers has slowly grown more dominant. The problem seems to be that teachers teach the way they were taught and some times in ways that are easier, rather than thinking of new and innovative ways of teaching.