As you might already know, there are different ways for students to learn more effectively.
- spatial (visual): using images and space to gain understanding
- auditory (aural): using sounds or music
- linguistic (verbal): using spoken or reading words
- kinesthetic (physical): using the body and sense of touch
- mathematical (logical): using reasoning and systems
- interpersonal (social): learning in groups or with others
- intrapersonal (solitary): learning by working and studying alone
It is important to understand that sometimes our classrooms are only focusing on certain learning styles. For example, textbooks work perfectly for the students who are linguistic or even spatial learners, but not so much for the kinesthetic and and auditory learners. This means we might spend hours trying to teach students and get absolutely nowhere.
Targeting the correct learning styles for individual students can make your life (and their lives) much easier. Therefore, the U.S Department of Education lists “personalizing academic content and strengthen the connection to the educational needs and interests of individual students” as the second principle of Next Generation High Schools.
So what are some ways you can personalize your curriculum to effectively cater to your students’ learning needs? The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology has a blog with insights from schools that have prioritized a customized curriculum. Read this useful blog here.
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