The final session today was focussed on learning styles and preferences.
- Lighting – dark, small light, whole room lit
- Seating – at a table, on the floor, lying down, standing up
- Temperature – warm, cold, hot
- Sound – silent, music, louder noise
All the above affect our learning if conditions aren’t ideal for us.
Personally, I like to work in daylight, lying on the floor or with my feet up, don’t like being hot and like a murmur of noise to learn best.
I loved Ian’s assertion that adolescents become ‘pseudo stupid’ as their brains adapt to all the changes going on in their brains. Makes a lot of sense!
We looked at VAK approaches and learned how to make history RE and Geography more kinaesthetic.
People moved from country to city due to wealth, industry, education, a better standard of living and better housing. I remembered that by holding out my left arm, travelling from the country (my armpit) to the the city (my hand) and looking at my fingers.
The Linkword approach in the 80s worked on a similar principle to pegging, linking images to things you need to remember. In language learning, masculine nouns were recalled with an image of a boxer, feminine with perfume. Language learning skills that are a key feature of current language teaching use ideas like this, encouraging making links to aid recall. For example, la sandia – a watermelon is well stuck in my pupils’ minds as we talked about how you eat it on the beach and if you drop it, it gets sandier.
Looking at Gardner’s multiple intelligences, Ian assigned each one a famous person-
Carol Vorderman – mathematical logical
The A A man / David Beckham – physical intelligence
Princess Di – interpersonal social
Mother Teresa – intrapersonal / empathy
Picasso – visual spatial
Mozart – musical
Charlie Dimmock / David Attenborough- naturalistic
Shakespeare – verbal linguistic
How can we teach to all these people? Perhaps not every lesson, but on a regualr basis?
I had to leave early to fetch J from school, but by this stage my brain was really buzzing and quite full!
I hope I’ve managed to effectively communicate some of the ideas and thoughts from today!