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Lesson plan to diagnose the Learning Styles
 

Different students learn differently. A teacher should know her students and try to plan her lessons according to her class. During our course, we had to plan a lesson to diagnose the learning styles of the students. I planned a lesson where the students had to choose an answer from the given questions in a questionaire based on which the learning style of the child was determined. Here is the lesson plan.

Lesson Plan: Module # 1

Grade: Six Time: Two periods of 30 minutes each

 

Objective: To help a junior learner understand what is his/her learning style.

Expectations: By the end of the lesson the students know all the different types of learning styles. The students would know what their own learning style is.

Resources:

Books:

Brain based strategies to reach every learner (by J. Diane Connell)

Seven Ways of Teaching (David Lazier)

Many websites such as

http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.htm

http://www.scholastic.com/familymatters/parentguides/middleschool/quiz_learningstyles/index.htm

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/methodology/learning_style.shtml

http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire

http://www.businessballs.com/howardgardnermultipleintelligences.htm


Materials:

Survey sheets, Paper, Pencil, Ruler etc.

Structure: Individual, small group

Method:

1) Step I: (Prior knowledge): The students are tested on their prior knowledge by asking questions and discussions on what they know about learning styles. Every child is asked individually what they ate for dinner yesterday and how do they remember it. Do they picture it in their minds what they ate, was it the smell of food that they remembered first or was it what mother told is for dinner that occurred first. Students brainstorm and come up with more questions and solutions. Teacher doesn't give any examples at this point but tries to understand how much students know about learning styles or if they know at all what is their own learning style. (10 minutes)

2) Step 2: A discussion on learning styles is done. The 3 types of learning styles are written on board and characteristics of people having different learning styles are mentioned. Auditory Learners (people who learn through listening), Visual Learners (people who learn through seeing), Tactile/Kinaesthetic Learners are people who learn through moving doing or touching. (10 minutes)

3) Step 3: A survey sheet is given to the students to fill up. The instructions are given to the whole class. They are advised to be honest otherwise the results would be wrong. Children work independently. There are 10 questions in the survey sheet with three solutions. The students put a check mark next to the solution which describes them the best. (15 minutes)

The students then add up their points in each category and record their scores.

4) Step 4: (Making Connections): Students connect their survey to the Data Management unit by making a tally chart, writing the frequency of students showing each type of Learning Styles and draw a bar graph. (15 minutes)

Student reflection:

Students are paired and given time to discuss and write 4 questions that they can think of about the activity that they did today. This gives them time to reflect.

(10 minutes)

Follow up: Students are asked to use web search at home or library or school and gather some more information about Learning Styles and write at least 3 sentences about their own type of learning style in a KWL chart where the students add details to each column (a) what I know (before research), (b) what I want to know (c) what I learned. This activity will be due in a week's time.

Evaluation: Students are evaluated on their individual work, contribution of ideas during brainstorming, participation and teamwork during reflection.

Rationale: This lesson is going to help the teachers in many ways.

1) Group work as well as individual thinking is encouraged in the class.

3) Students understand what their learning style is and what can help them the most. Teachers come to know about the learning styles of a majority of the students in a class. That helps the teacher to plan their lesson accordingly.

3) Students learn to make connections. Data management / making bar graphs are covered using a practical example.

How Do You Learn Best

How do you like to learn some thing new?

By listening to my teacher tell about it

By watching my teacher do it first

By doing it myself first

What would you like to do most in your free time indoors?

Read a fun book, comic book, or magazine

Paint, colour, draw, or sketch

Build with Legos or blocks or dance

What would you like to do most on the weekends?

Talk on the phone with my friends or IM friends

Play a musical instrument, do artwork, or listen to music

Play sports

What is the best way for you to remember a telephone number?

Say the numbers out loud over and over as I dial

Picture the numbers in my head

Write all the numbers in the air

What do you like the most when you see a movie?

What the main characters say to each other

The clothes they wear, the scenery, and the special effect

How I feel during the movie ( happy, scared, mad)

When you read a story, which of the following happens?

I think about the meaning of the words

I see pictures in my mind what I am reading

I feel what the characters are feeling

How would you prefer to describe an unusual animal to someone?

Explain the animal in words

Draw a picture of the animal

Use my body to imitate the animal

I understand something best after I

think about it

see it

try it out

One of my favourite ways to spend time is

Listening to music

Playing video games on computer

Going shopping

When I meet someone new I will mostly remember

What he or she said

What he or she was wearing

How she or he acted, or how I felt

Add up all your points in each category, record your scores here

------- a’s (auditory learner)

------- b’s (visual learner)

------- c’s (kinaesthetic/tactile learner)

Manoshi Chatterjee