Odds and Ends

I write stuff on scraps of paper and they collect on my desk next to my computer and then I throw them away. Before I

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Learning Styles – 1

It is generally accepted in educational research that people are either visual, auditory or tactile/kinesthetic learners. Some students exhibit balanced combinations of two or even

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Learning Styles – 2

Listening is the Bedrock My heart goes out to the students whose learning style is predominantly visual but who are in a CI classroom. Why?

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No Brainer

Which would you rather have: (a) high test scores from a few of your students, or (b) happiness and confidence in all of your students?

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FVR – Some History

I can report that FVR as a TPRS reading activity started to stretch out and lose its shape and value to students in the early

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Learning Styles – 3

Of course, students whose learning style is predominantly visual, when given worksheets in a language class, prefer them. But auditory and tactile kids, when given

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Learning Styles – 5

After your students take the inventory, the main point to stress with them is that even if their visual or tactile learning style conflicts with

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Learning Styles – 4

Training Them Discuss the 3 learning styles with your students before they actually fill out the inventory. Make sure that the kids understand these points:

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Learning Styles – 7

Some inventories don’t just provide the students with their dominant learning style, but also give them a score. If you use an inventory that does

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Learning Styles – 6

Building Community Doing the Learning Style Inventories with the kids also serves as a community-building activity because that is exactly what the learning styles inventory

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Learning Styles – 8

When you tell a student, “Wow! you tested out as a highly visual learner, so obviously this class is going to be more of a

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Learning Styles – 9

The learning styles message arrives within a context of what is best for the class and not what is best for any one student who

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Learning Styles – 10

Some other points to reflect on about learning styles inventories: 1. You can learn lots of valuable information about your class makeup. In one small

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Summer Thoughts

Now that summer is approaching, my prayer for all of us is that we stop trying so hard for stories, stop trying to be entertainers,

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Deliverers of Instructional Services

We are not deliverers-of-instructional-language-services. Teachers who mistakenly think that their job is to deliver language services – well-built and well-planned lessons that divide the language

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Laughter

Accept that you may not get a problem going in a tableau. It’s not a big deal. If you have to control everything, if you

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All They Need is Love

We need to learn to teach our students with love.  We also need to assess them in terms that convey approval and love. In the

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