Guest Author - Susan Kramer
A worthwhile testing series for adults with learning disabilities to take is for finding out your dominant learning style. Are you strongest as an auditory, visual or kinesthetic learner? Perhaps you have a combination of learning styles with one of them the strongest.
Knowing your personal learning styles help you grasp the same end result in a way that may be different from the person sitting next to you. And that is okay for both of you.
Because I have a hearing disability I have learned to be a good visual learner. I look hard at words and pictures to memorize them and later can describe a diagram from memory. But maybe you learn by listening to oral directions and follow the sequence that way to come to an end result.
Or, maybe your dominant style is learning kinesthetically, by feeling movement and moving; feeling the flow and shapes of letters and numbers, discovering the rhythms of language, the syllables of words, the patterns of math from simple combinations to geometry.
Here's a little experiment you can do yourself to discover your strongest learning style.
Go to a dance concert or musical, or an event with music to listen to and people to watch moving. What impressions stick with you? The music you listened to? (auditory learning). The visual impact of costumes, stage lighting, sets in the background? (visual learning). The movements and dances? (kinesthetic learning). This will give you an idea of whether you are more tuned in to listening, visual impressions, or flows and movement.
What you may have thought was a stumbling block to learning during your school days may be that you need to learn with a different style than you were exposed to in the classroom. By discovering and concentrating on your strongest learning style or the combination of two styles you have a new chance to learn what you previously found challenging or difficult.
For offline reading
Free to Move, Learning Kinesthetically - Comprehensive guide to teaching kinesthetically in a 90 page fully illustrated text, outlining body placement, rhythms, large motor skills, dynamics, creative movement, mini-lessons, and detailed master lesson plan for elementary school kids. Available here at BellaOnline as an Ebook
Article by Susan Kramer