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?