What is your learning style?

Now that you have done some research on the subject, write about your learning style and how you feel that you can use this to improve your ability to learn, understand, and retain information.
  • Write your own response in a paragraph describing what you have learned during this unit of instruction.
  • Respond to the writings of two of your classmates.

Learning Strengths and Styles

Visual-Spatial – think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors. Very aware of their environments. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, daydream. They can be taught through drawings, verbal and physical imagery. Tools include models, graphics, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, video, videoconferencing, television, multimedia, texts with pictures/charts/graphs.

Bodily-kinesthetic – use the body effectively, like a dancer or a surgeon. Keen sense of body awareness. They like movement, making things, touching. They communicate well through body language and be taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, role playing. Tools include equipment and real objects.

Musical – show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia.

Interpersonal – understanding, interacting with others. These students learn through interaction. They have many friends, empathy for others, street smarts. They can be taught through group activities, seminars, dialogues. Tools include the telephone, audio conferencing, time and attention from the instructor, video conferencing, writing, computer conferencing, E-mail.

Intrapersonal – understanding one’s own interests, goals. These learners tend to shy away from others. They’re in tune with their inner feelings; they have wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. They can be taught through independent study and introspection. Tools include books, creative materials, diaries, privacy and time. They are the most independent of the learners.

Linguistic – using words effectively. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words. They like reading, playing word games, making up poetry or stories. They can be taught by encouraging them to say and see words, read books together. Tools include computers, games, multimedia, books, tape recorders, and lecture.

Logical -Mathematical – reasoning, calculating. Think conceptually, abstractly and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. They like to experiment, solve puzzles, ask cosmic questions. They can be taught through logic games, investigations, mysteries. They need to learn and form concepts before they can deal with details.

Blog!

I’ve decided that blogging the research process is a great idea.  There definitely has to be rules for posting and responding and as long as I am a moderator on my students’ blogs I’ve decided that this will be a great learning tool. Some of my students are really wonderful writers, some of my sixth graders are really lazy writers so my 8th graders can mentor them and give them feed back.  As long as I get to moderate and approve everything before it gets posted it should stay productive.  My students are in the middle of their current research cycle, but I think I’m going to have them blog their reflections when they are finished.

Read, Write, Ask, and Do

Personally, I’m addicted to Pinterest, so trying to get excited about Delicious was a bit challenging.  I like having what I like on Pinterest organized and the ease of adding new boards and topics.   I did create a Delicious account and bookmarked a few of my go to sites.  Creating a button has been a little bit of a challenge.  I’ve got to do a little more digging to get that to work.

I liked the information on Google Search and I know that for my personal school work, I try to go to a University Library to search sources, but I hadn’t thought to recommend this for my students.

Students are skipping the Reading step of the Read, Write, Ask and Do.  I have students who start writing without ever determining what questions they are trying to answer.  I have tried to instill in my students the need to create research questions.  Once they have identified research questions, they then need to read and identify what is important from their reading and what is “fluff.”  It would be my idea that students should, pre-research, ask, read more, write, and do.

Blogging

Reflection is a key component of teaching.  It is also one of my weaknesses.  While I’m always trying to improve my teaching practices.  I need to improve my reflection practices.

I teach at an iSchool and I’m always trying to implement technology in daily lessons and research projects.  The purpose of this blog is to reflect on what is working, what needs to work better, and what isn’t working.  

Currently my students are creating a math e-notebook.  We have only been working on this since the second semester started as a method of keeping math notes, inserting pictures and creating a useful math tool for retention of math facts.

Hello world!

Welcome to Mrs. Calvert’s Middle School Meanderings.

I will use this blog to chronicle the successes and failures that come with teaching.  I teach 6th and 7th grade math and a project based, 6th – 8th grade Advisory class in the afternoon.  I’m also working on my Master’s Degree in Teaching with Technology and I better step up and use this fabulous technology in my teaching.