Education had a remarkable epiphany long ago. Simply put, there are a whole lot of learners in our classrooms and they don't all learn the same way. This recognition of diversity in learning types has transformed teaching for the better in every way. Consequently, we can tailor instruction and assessment to meet the needs of individual learners, and help them make the most meaningful connections to what we teach.
Our different learning types should be nurtured and celebrated, and identifying their characteristics can help make this happen. Take some pointers from this simple and informative infographic from Acadoceo called 7 Different Types Of Learning Styles.
7 Common Learning Types in Our Classrooms
The following descriptions are from ELearning Infographics. They explain the basics of each of the learning types in the infographic. Next, you can pinpoint their qualities among your own learners.
- Visual Learning: Visual learning types do well when they use symbols, boxes, charts, and colors in their notes. If you find you learn better by reading and looking at pictures, diagrams, and graphs then chances are you’re a visual learner.
- Verbal Learning: Verbal learners practice things like reciting information out loud, writing their own notes and highlighting key points. Having a passion for words, writing, tongue twisters, rhymes, may indicate that this learning style is for you.
- Aural Learning: Aural learning involves using sound and music. Auditory learners develop understanding and memory by hearing and listening. If you find it easier to understand spoken instructions rather than reading them, aural learning will benefit you.
- Physical Learning: Physical learning involves using your body and sense of touch to learn. Physical learners learn by doing, touching, moving, building, and are described as a ‘hands-on”. If you find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time, chances are you’re a physical learner.
- Logical Learning: Logical learners often learn by asking a lot of questions. Logical learners want to understand the whole picture. They are natural thinkers who learn by classifying, categorizing and thinking abstractly about patterns & relationships etc.
- Social Learning: Social learners prefer to learn in groups rather than on their own, and like generating ideas by brainstorming with others. If you like taking part in group sports and prefer social activities than doing things on your own, you may be a social learner.
- Solitary Learning: Solitary learners tend to be more independent and introspective, spending a lot of time on their own, enjoying their own company. If you enjoy spending time alone, keeping a journal and engaging in self-analysis to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, you may be a solitary learner.
Enjoy this infographic as you explore and engage the diversity of learning types among your own students.