Teaching to unique learning stylesPosted: May 2, 2014
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
On Thursday afternoon and evening of this past week, our PYP teachers explored the many facets of teaching students with unique learning styles and needs. As a PYP school, inclusivity within the programme is expected, and as a faculty of teachers we are constantly shifting our thinking from ‘What is wrong with this student?’ to ‘How can I help this student? .’
Co-presented by local expert Beth Freeman, and faculty members Cristina Robbins and Jane Singleton, this interactive session enabled our teachers to learn more about Dyslexia and Asperger Syndrome. In the coming weeks, we will continue this exploration as we look at Attention Deficit Disorders. The common thread through all our discussions during this exploration has been the importance of the student acknowledging the way they think and learn within their learning community. Rather than hiding these learning styles or treating them as disabilities, the faculty seeks to involve everyone, including the learner, in the process of creating opportunities out of situations that might arise as a result of seeing things differently. Varying the way we deliver information to our students is always a significant part of our curriculum planning discussions and exemplifies the need to put the students at the center of any discussion we have about education and learning at ISBerne.