“L” is for the Listening Learner
‘Sounds good to me’; ‘It’s starting to ring a bell’
These are a couple of the phrases used by roughly twenty percent of the population that help to identify them as auditory learners.
Of course, your little one may not be using such readily identifiable markers, but you may still be able to see qualities that help to give you an insight as to the type of learners they may be.
An auditory learner enjoys movies and music and probably notices the sound effects in movies more than other people. They will readily put up their hands for discussion, happily participate in discussion groups and be involved in discussions without a group as they use self-talk. These students are not afraid to speak in class and may be accused of speaking in class as they process the information through self-talk.
They will perform their worst at reading passages and writing answers relating to those passages in a timed test but excel in responding to what they have heard and in oral exams.
The auditory learner learns best when reading aloud, receiving verbal instruction, repeating facts with eyes closed and memorising steps and procedures by repeating them. Older auditory learners need some external sounds (T.V. or music) while they are reading their notes or processing their homework. Writing their notes and recording them to listen to later is their best way of obtaining and retaining information.
Remember, looking out of the window while the teacher is talking does not necessarily mean they are not completely aware of what is being said. Auditory learners do not require a visual context in order to learn.
Type ‘student’ into Fotolia and you have 14337 pages of pupils sitting quietly at their desk diligently working away. DREAM ON.
We know all students are not alike because all children are not alike. In a (teacher’s) perfect world all students would be just so, but …
Approximately 15% of the population are kinaesthetic learners and that means there will be no such thing as a quiet classroom. Kinaesthetic learners just want to touch and feel everything. Their friends are bruised because these learners just have to thump their mates. Their homes are a mess because they have to pull everything apart, just to see how it works. Does that sound like someone you married?
You can picture this in your husband, but how about your little one? How do you know you have a kinaesthetic learner on your hands? Well for starters their teacher will probably be calling you in to complain about how disruptive they are in class. This student finds it difficult to learn through reading and writing. They need the hands on approach so they do better in chemistry experiments, sports and acting. They may not even be aware of their own movement and are easily distracted by the movements of others.
By the age of 6½ they are generally classed as under-achievers or worse still hyperactive.
What can you do with this learner? For starters accept them for who they are. There is nothing wrong with them rather it is our education system that is not geared to accept 15% of the population. As a parent, give them down time after an active session, and reward them for the tasks they perform. These guys may be reward driven. Kinaesthetic learners do best with images so paint them a picture of what you want from them. (For more information visit www.educ.uvic.ca)