Monday, 12 March 2012

Week 9, Final Project

This week was  a week of its kind, working on finalizing  the project report thanks to Lina and Wasonga for their productive comments which make my final report look they way it is, it was nice having them as peer reviewer.

The discussion for the week was rewarding  mainly talking about multiple intelligence and learning styles sure everyone got the desired facts, in addition to multiple intelligence the article by  Richard Felder at http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/styles.htm  was the wonderful as it describes the types of the learners and what learning style is suitable for each type.
For example he talks of the ;

VISUAL AND VERBAL LEARNERS
Visual learners remember best what they see--pictures, diagrams, flow charts, time lines, films, and demonstrations. Verbal learners get more out of words--written and spoken explanations. Everyone learns more when information is presented both visually and verbally.
In most college classes very little visual information is presented: students mainly listen to lectures and read material written on chalkboards and in textbooks and handouts. Unfortunately, most people are visual learners, which means that most students do not get nearly as much as they would if more visual presentation were used in class. Good learners are capable of processing information presented either visually or verbally.
How can visual learners help themselves?
If you are a visual learner, try to find diagrams, sketches, schematics, photographs, flow charts, or any other visual representation of course material that is predominantly verbal. Ask your instructor, consult reference books, and see if any videotapes or CD-ROM displays of the course material are available. Prepare a concept map by listing key points, enclosing them in boxes or circles, and drawing lines with arrows between concepts to show connections. Color-code your notes with a highlighter so that everything relating to one topic is the same color.
How can verbal learners help themselves?
Write summaries or outlines of course material in your own words. Working in groups can be particularly effective: you gain understanding of material by hearing classmates' explanations and you learn even more when you do the explaining.

This is very rewarding for teachers as they can seek for alternative of helping the learners.
Nyinondi.

2 comments:

  1. Teachers should not only offer opportunities to the learners but also challenge students to develop their learning style preferences that can design a systematic set of activeness that utilize all learning style before completing an assignment.Teachers should know their students and reach out to all the students; not just those will one particular learning style.Teachers should vary teaching style to be effective.

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    1. Dear Amina,

      I totally agree with you that teachers should create challenges and opportunities for students, and one of those should I say creating learning environment that will raise students curiosity and meet their (students)desire as for verbal and visual learners will learn better if the learning environment supports them.

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