In order to understand teaching styles one also needs to understand learning styles and a multitude of other factors that influence this area of your life as a home school parent. It's important to note here that learning and teaching styles having nothing to do with intelligence. They are the vehicle by which we impart and receive information.
A few years ago I embarked on a journey of discovery of just how complex we have been created. It is not my intent to share everything about this topic today, however I shall touch upon a couple of areas and point you to those better equipped to help you understand these vital areas in yours and your child's life before sharing my goals with you.
Diana Waring. One of the workshops was titled: Different Strokes for Different Folks. If you are ever at a conference and this is an available elective I would highly recommend it. Chapter 6 in Beyond Survival (as you can see from the cover of my book it's well loved) covers this topic in detail.
If you look into this huge area of human development you will come across a plethora of ideas. There is left / right brained, personality, seven intelligences learning modalities, gender and the list goes on. Bill and Diana did a wonderful job of simplifying the information. In this workshop they used information from the book: Learning Style and Tools.
After doing this particular workshop I came away with a much better insight as to how people learn and how this in turn effects the way we teach. I am a visual learner. I am quite happy to watch you do the experiment or read about it in a book. Sir N however loves to do everything hands on. Sigh
She recommends the following resources
- People Types and Tiger Stripes: Practical Guide to Learning Styles by Gordon Lawrence
- The Way they Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
- Learning Styles by Marlene LeFever
I discovered that there is a Learning Styles website where you can read more about the seven learning styles.
- Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study
Intelligence's pay a huge role in how our children assimilate information. I have enjoyed learning about this influence over our children's inbuilt style of learning
- How God Made You—and Your Kids—Smart: Intrapersonal Intelligence
- How God Made You—and Your Kids—Smart: Musical
- How God Made You—and Your Kids—Smart: The Naturalist Intelligence I enjoyed this one because it helped me understand Paul more. (Okay I'm also biased because Diana featured him in this article...)
- How God Made You—and Your Kids!—Smart: Spatial Intelligence
- Formal Authority - Teachers who have a formal authority teaching style tend to focus on content and feels responsible for providing and controlling the flow of the content and the student is expected to receive the content.
- Demonstrator or Personal Model - This type of teacher acts as a role model by demonstrating skills and processes and then as a coach/guide in helping students develop and apply these skills and knowledge
- Facilitator - Teachers who have a facilitator model teaching style tend to focus on activities
- Delegator - This type of teacher will often give students a choice designing and implementing their own complex learning projects and will act in a consultative role.
You can take an online teaching style self evaluation.
For More information
- Jolanthe over at Homeschool Creations shares Homeschool Basics What is Your Teaching Style ? I enjoyed this post as Jolanthe shares how our philosophy influences the choices we make.
- Pinterest - Multiple Intelligences
- Pinterest - Learning Styles
- Pinterest - Teaching Styles/methods
- What's Your Teaching Style ? (and why it matters) over at Homeschooling 911
- Connecting with their Learning Styles over at The Mom Initiative.
- Learning Styles and the Homeschool over at Abundant LIFE
- Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day by Andrew Pudewa. This is a rather intriguing look at why gender matters and how this impacts upon your child's ability to learn.
Seeing as I am not a hands on learner and he is my one goal this year is to pursue a more hands on approach for him so that we can have a more delight directed approach in our homeschool.
My aim over the next six months is to follow this advice from over at The Mom Inititative:
- Observe patterns of behaviour. What excites your child, what frustrates them?
- Listen to the way your child communicates. Listening carefully can teach you how you need to talk to them.
- Experiment with what works and what doesn’t. Remember that even if an approach to learning doesn’t make sense to you it may work for your children.
- Focus on natural strengths, not weaknesses. You can’t build much on weaknesses, but strengths provide a much better foundation.
- Learn more about learning styles in general. Find out what your own style is and how you can relate to your child’s learning style.
This post is part of the Homeschool Help series brought to you by a group of homeschool Mom's from around the globe. Do not forget to visit and read their inspirational insight.
- Bernadette New Year/New Style
- Julie Homeschool Teaching Style at Highhill Education
- Savannah shares Teaching style + clear goals = success
- Lucinda Finding Our Way Back to Unschooling
- Nicole "I Call Myself ... Christian Classically Ecclectic"