Accommodating the kinesthetic learner

We talk constantly about finding ways to reduce the mental energy a Dyslexic student or adult expends when they are doing cognitive tasks.The less energy used for processing, the more can be devoted to memory, comprehension and using what is learned.

Subsequently, public schools are starting to create programs that accommodate different learning styles, with kinesthetic learning coming to the forefront.

* Add physical movement or opportunities to touch and feel objects for kinesthetic learners.

Use objects like miniature animals, people or vehicles (sold as math manipulatives in school supplies) to teach math skills such as counting, sorting, addition or subtraction.

First, they renamed the stages in the learning cycle to accord with managerial experiences: having an experience, reviewing the experience, concluding from the experience, and planning the next steps.

These four learning styles are assumed to be acquired preferences that are adaptable, either at will or through changed circumstances, rather than being fixed personality characteristics.

Whenever you are planning your lesson, think how you can visually stimulate your learners. They work well with spoken instructions and learn quickly by listening to stories and songs. Auditory learners respond well to: As audio learners tune in to sounds, try and provide as many opportunities to have sound and noise added to your lesson.

Songs are an obvious source and encourage your learners to listen and sing along.

To accomplish this we focus on several different areas of a Dyslexic's learning, life, self-esteem, and their personal mental perception of anything they are experiencing.

One very important part of the tools that people use to learn with is our senses. They need direct involvement; fidget when reading and are not avid readers; remember best what is done, not what is seen or heard; images are accompanied by movement; easily distracted when not able to move; find reasons to move; express emotions physically by jumping and gesturing; do not listen well; try things out by touching, feeling and manipulating; need frequent breaks when studying.

According to experts, kinesthetic learners are typically identified as individuals who demonstrate excellence in areas of sports, dancing, hands on tasks, physical activities and motor skills.

Due to their unique activity-based learning style, many kinesthetic learners often struggle to remain motionless in a quiet and still classroom.

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