Great Minds Don't Think Alike

Essay by mar*High School, 11th gradeA+, June 2009

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Girls and boys attending schools wear a variety clothes, model unique hairstyles and practice different learning styles. Even though teachers teach everyone the same way about a topic, each students learns and takes in information differently. Learning styles are ways of learning of an individual. Educational psychologists such as Howard Gardiner say that children acquire different styles and strategies that help them learn better. This theory gained popularity in recent years and it was planned that teachers should assess the learning styles of their students and adapt their classroom methods to best fit each student's learning style (Dunn, R. & Dunn, K., 1978).

Everyone has a type of learning style that they use in interacting with, taking in and managing information. There are three major types of learning: visual, auditory and kinesthetic or tactile. Visual learners gain knowledge best when seeing the information. They take a lot of detailed notes, tend to sit in the front and close their eyes to remember something.

These people also benefit from pictures and presentations that use color and are attracted to pieces of writing or talk that are rich in descriptions. Auditory learners learn best by listening. They tend to sit where they can hear but needn't pay attention to what is happening in front and hum or talk to themselves or others when bored. They also acquire knowledge by reading aloud. Kinesthetic or tactile learners learn by touching, doing things and through trial and error. They are also the type to go for a run or walk when they need to take a break. They speak with their hands, remember what was done but not what was seen or heard and are uncomfortable in classrooms lacking hands-on practices. They also appreciate physical encouragement such as a hug or a pat on the...