You and Your Classroom of Learners

Connections
During this activity you will analyze your own learning style and compare that style to your teaching style and to the desired learning styles of the students in your classroom. What connections can you make?
Directions
  • Complete the same learning preferences inventory you gave your students.
  • Analyze your results to determine if you are a G1, G2, G3 or G4 using the following forms:
  • Download a copy of the Teaching/Learning Styles Preferences- Elementary or Teaching/Learning Styles Preferences - Grades 5-12 and find your learning style.
  • The Group number on the form corresponds to your learning preferences. For example, if the answers on your Analysis form were predominantly G3 your learning style matches Group 3 on the Preferences form.
  • Consider what you have learned about yourself from completing the personal learning preference survey.  
    • How do your learning preference survey results compare to how you visualize yourself?  
    • Did anything surprise you?
    • How did your learning style compare with the teaching activities you highlighted in Activity 1?
  • Revisit the learning preference inventories your students completed and identify dominant student learning preferences.
  • Highlight dominant student preferences on the appropriate Teaching/Learning Styles Preferences handout.
  • Compare your personal teaching preferences to the dominant student learning preferences. Discuss the outcome. How are your teaching preferences aligning to student preferences?
  • Visit the module section on Student-Centered Practices and read through the material. Consider the questions: "What is student-centered learning?" "How is student-centered learning related to student data?"
Reflection 
Share your thoughts on the following questions:
  • How might gathering information about learning preferences, interests and so forth enhance student-centered instructional design?
  • What additional benefits might result from gathering student interest and preference information?