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Multiple Modes of Learning

Kristin's picture

Multiple modes of learning

Here’s a list drawn from our initial brainstorming, including some ideas that were written on index cards. We can add to this and also circle back to it.

Visual learning: writing reactions and thoughts, notetaking, drawing, using visual art and images

Nonvisual learning: audio transcripts, audio/verbal description of visual images

Social learning: conversation in pairs and small groups

Learning through repetition, reiteration, and practice

Kinetic learning: moving around the room, physical barometer, forming different groups

Hearing all voices in the classroom, balancing speaking and listening, responding directly to others and building on others’ ideas

Providing questions, themes, roadmaps to guide reading

Making space to think, write, and reflect silently

Incorporating class bonding to create a comfortable, safe space

Applied learning: activities that promote processing of material

Interdisciplinary learning: learning through multiple lenses and perspectives

“Rough draft:” thinking out loud, sharing ideas that are not yet fully formed 

Learning in the classroom reinforced by learning through experience

Challenging one another gently, with forgiveness; leaving room for mistakes 

Continuing to discuss ideas and collaborate with peers outside of class


Jaya's picture

An idea for this list: using movement in geometric forms to facilitate proprioceptive and spatial awareness. For those of us highly non-spatial folks, this can be helpful, e.g. sitting or standing inside a giant cube; building a tetrahedron with sticks; moving (whole body movement or just a hand or a toe or an eyeball) in set patterns, such as circles, ovals, figure 8s, etc; and, making shapes with our bodies or body parts. This can help some of us understand geometric concepts more clearly and relate the concepts to our own bodies and to everyday life.