Children learn in many different ways, although each child may have a preference for one or two particular ways of learning. These preferences are called learning styles. Some children learn most easily when ideas, concepts, and information are first presented visually, through pictures or videos. Others gain understanding only after firsthand work, such as writing, experimenting, problem solving, or playacting. Some children need to have ideas presented in a very precise and sequential order; for others, close attention to sequence complicates learning rather than promotes it. Teachers are most effective when they know children well enough to understand their individual learning styles. This lets them individualize each child's learning experiences.
Reprinted from the series 101 Educational Conversations by Vito Perrone, published by Chelsea House Publishers.
Copyright 1994 by Chelsea House Publishers, a division of Main Line Book Co. All rights reserved.
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