How do I Communicate with Different Types of Learners in the Classroom?

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Check Out the New Blog Different types of learners respond differently to a teacher's statement.When a teacher wants to convey a message, he or she may do so by customizing the statement to a student’s learning strength.

Below are typical classroom interactions. Notice how the messages are tailored toward the different types of learners in the classroom.

Teacher
to
Student

TYPES of STUDENTS

Visual

Auditory

Kinesthetic

I understand you. I see what you are saying. I hear you clearly. What you are saying feels right to me.
I want to communicate something to you. I want to show you something. I want you to listen carefully to what I say. I want you to be in touch with something.
Help me understand you. Show me a clear picture of what you see at this point. Tell me in more detail what you are saying at this point. Put me in touch with what you are feeling at this point

It is good to practice customizing statements, comments or messages that you may want to use with students through this type of exercise. For example, in math class, a teacher might convey the message “That is not quite correct.” in these ways:

To the Visual Learner: “Try having your friend show you how she got the right answer.”

To the Auditory Learner: “Try asking Tom how he found the answer.”

To the Kinesthetic Learner: “Let’s try redoing this exercise together.”

A teacher may assist a student in adjusting to something new with one of these comments:

To the Visual Learner: “Look it over.”

To the Auditory Learner: “Let’s talk about it”

To the Kinesthetic Learner: “Try doing it this way.”

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Discuss Here: What are some ways you have been able to customize your teaching for different types of learners in your classroom?

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