In the end, we have little evidence that trying to tag or label a student as a specific type of learner is beneficial. Rather, a teacher who understands the current state of the art and the research related to learning preferences is likely to say 'How can I create a classroom that supports multiple ways to learn?' 'How can I add variety to my teaching?' Sousa and Tomlinson
When we think about different learning styles we usually think about visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners. We might also talk about whether someone approaches learning in an analytical or more creative fashion.
Keeping in mind that the same student may learn differently in different learning contexts, observation and conversation are often the simplest ways to discover how your students approach learning.
THE BATTLE IS WON
A colleague says to our students, at the beginning of every year : "you’ve won the battle." Because that’s what school is for these kids : a battle. It sounds cliched but it’s true. That said, when they come to EMSB’s Perpectives 2 they can start over. That’s the beauty of our school : The student who has been struggling all his/her life, can become the star pupil. While my students struggle in school, their academic performance is not the only thing that defines them... I have a student with a black belt in karate, a student who is patenting inventions, an origami Master, a student who is in the studio recording raps, 2 DJs, and students with trophies and medals who have been playing in sports teams, like hockey and soccer, since they were 5 years old!
The following two fun online interactive websites can help students discover their learning strengths and challenges
Information for this page was adapted from Tomlinson, Carol Ann (2004). How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms (2nd edition). ASCD.