Coaching to the Learning Styles
Heart of Texas Gymnastics
In his book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intellignences, Dr. Howard Gardner addresses the different ways we learn as individuals.Â Each of us learns in various ways, with a blending of learning styles, but we are each prone to learning best when given specific cues that suit our individual brain patterns.
In this session we will discuss the various learning styles and how to effectively use them to better coach our classes.Â From creating lesson plans to interacting with the children in groups or individually, the use of cues, which address the various learning styles, make classes far more effective.Â We will address seven learning styles, how to use them to our advantage and how to identify to which cues a child might best respond.
Gender Differences Â Â When working with classes heavily weighted with one gender or the other, it is helpful to give cues that are most likely to reach the greatest number of students within that class.Â
Age ConsiderationsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Understanding the Seven Learning Styles:
Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings:Â The Kinesthetic Learning Style
Do You Hear Me Now?:Â The Auditory Learning Style
Monkey See, Monkey Do:Â The Visual Spatial Learner
Easy as 1,2,3:Â The Logical Mathematical Learning Style
Youâ€™ve Got a Friend: The Interpersonal Learning Style
Get Outta my Space, Iâ€™m Intrapersonal
Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo and the Musical Learner
Hints for Identifying Learning Styles Â Â The observant teacher can pick up hints from each child as to which learning style suits him or her best.Â We will talk about simple clues to watch for in order to better communicate with each child.
The Pitfalls of Our Own Learning StylesÂ Not only do we need to be alert to our studentsâ€™ learning styles, but we also need to be careful that we do not make assumptions based upon our own learning styles.
Incorporating the Learning Styles into Lesson PlansÂ Â Once a lesson plan is developed, it is a good idea to review each rotation and consider if cues for each learning style have been incorporated into the lesson plan.