As teenagers (Jr. High – College), we learn and pick up information much faster than we do as adults (after college). We process information mainly through 3 of our 5 senses: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic. Everyone is more dominate in one than the other…including teachers. The way they teach is the same way they process information, i.e. if they are visual, than they will teach all of their students in a visual format. So in a classroom of 30 students, since 1 in 3 students are more visual than the other senses, only 10 students are actually maximizing their full learning potential in that classroom.
A friend of mine, who is an atomic visual, did terrible in a some of his classes because most of his professors used lectures (auditory) as their style of teaching. However the classes he was doing well in were with professors who taught in a visual style.
This obviously worked vice versa for students who more auditory or kinesthetic than visual. This is a clear cut example that teachers and professors should be able to teach their students with more versatility. I don’t disagree that the students should also learn to become versatile, but the bottom line is, we will almost always be more dominate in one area, so it’s becomes imperative for teachers and professors to learn to educate with more versatility.
Have you noticed this in school?
A trainer I heard said that the majority of people are visually oriented, I wonder if there have been any studies with actual percentages. It my personal experience that seems to be true. Best if teachers cover both visual and auditory. I’m a visual person however sometimes auditory is just the most convenient, such as listening to audio books from my iPod while driving… kind of dangerous to watch a video 😉
No studies were done, that I’m aware of at least, but it was rough estimate my personal experience too. I love audio books as much as the next guy, but I tend to get sleepy around minute number 10 -_-
You need to watch this:
With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -â€“ mathematically and scientifically — that only computers can.
WOW this is awesome, thanks for sharing that. 🙂