I am sure all of you would have had pulao (rice cooked with various other vegetables) once in your life. So what do we put in the pulao? Peas, beans, potatoes, carrots, corn…and the list goes on. And then there is of course the main ingredient, rice. Each of these veggies have a different color, different taste and different nutritional value to it. If peas are a rich source of vitamins, potatoes are high in potassium. Similarly, we all know that rice is rich in carbohydrates and corn is rich in fiber and phosphorous. All in all, the pulao makes up for a balanced diet.
Your classroom is just like this pulao, made up of different kinds of students. The rice is the majority of the children, whom most of you might consider as the normal kids, while the veggies are those special kids which require your additional, special help. In the same way as all the veggies have different nutritional values and characteristics, these kids too have their uniqueness. Each of them has a different way of looking at things and a different way of learning things.
Learning Styles refers to an individual’s unique ability to learn a concept. Broadly speaking, there are 6 different learning styles that we all use: Visual, Auditory, Physical, Verbal, Logical and Social.
So what can you, as a teacher do, to integrate all these in a classroom?
Use as many images, and pictures as you can for all the concepts that you can
Engage children in role play
Make the concept interesting by putting it in a jingle/song form
Put up colorful and visually attractive charts in the classroom for difficult words or math tables.
Use some form of body movement (snapping fingers, pacing, clapping) while reciting material to be learned.
Food for thought:
A good education can change anyone, but a good teacher can change everything.
Happy Teachers’ Day to All