The basis for unlocking students' learning potential is a knowledge of their learning styles. Every parent and teacher should become familiar with LSA instruments (Learning Style Analysis) which are available for all age groups.
Barbara Prashnig's Learning Styles presentation at BASS Conference, Birmingham 2008
WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME to the Interactive Presentation by Emeritus Professor Barbara Prashnig Creative Learning, New Zealand Unlock your Child's Enormous Learning Potential “ Expect to be challenged!”
REFLECTIONS ABOUT SCHOOL: A little girl had just finished her first week of school and doesn’t want to go back. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and the teacher won't let me talk!!“
What is Learning Style ? = INTAKE – Processing – Storage of… NEW and/or DIFFICULT information What happens at Exams ? OUTPUT of information not necessarily through one’s personal learning style.
Formal or Informal Work/Study Area Bright or Dim Light SENSES V-A-T-K Sound/Music or quiet Time of Day Preference INTAKE Social Preferences Movement/Mobility Everyone CAN learn but everyone learns DIFFERENTLY
LSA Student Model for Students aged 5 – 17 years WSA Model for Managers, Employees & Workers LSA-Adult Model for Students from 18 yrs onwards at Universities & Colleges
NOTE THE DIFFERENCE between: KINESTHETIC: MOBILITY: TACTILE: full BODY involvement, learning by DOING; experiential learning HANDS involvement only, manipulating, touching body movements to SUPPORT …. learning, thinking, listening ~ moving with PURPOSE
Fallacy No 1: <ul><li>Students learn best when seated upright </li></ul><ul><li>at a desk or table. </li></ul><ul><li>The need for FORMAL/INFORMAL seating is </li></ul><ul><li>BIOLOGICAL. </li></ul>
Fallacy No 2: <ul><li>It is best to work in well illuminated areas </li></ul><ul><li>because dim light damages people’s eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>The need for bright or dim light is BIOLOGICAL. </li></ul>
This releases the hormone CORTISOL which interferes with the energy supply of those brain cells used to recall facts. During prolonged exposure to fluorescent light many students get stressed, intellectually tired, restless and agitated. Fluorescent Lights … work by flashing on and off around 100 times per second.
Fallacy No 3: <ul><li>Students learn more and concentrate better in an absolutely quiet environment. </li></ul><ul><li>The need for sound or quiet is BIOLOGICAL. Many students need background music while they study. </li></ul>
Fallacy No 4: <ul><li>Students learn difficult subjects best in the early morning when they are most alert. </li></ul>NOT NECESSARILY SO!
Fallacy No 5: <ul><li>Students who do not sit still are not ready to learn. </li></ul>The need for MOBILITY is BIOLOGICAL.
Fallacy No 6: <ul><li>The older someone is, the easier it is for them to adapt to the instructor’s / teacher’s style. </li></ul>NOT NECESSARILY!
Fallacy No 7: <ul><li>Effective instructions require clearly stated objectives followed by detailed, step-by-step, logical, sequential explanations until everyone understands what’s being taught. </li></ul>Only true for ANALYTICS!
BRAIN DOMINANCE LEFT RIGHT Logical Linear Sequential Analytic Objective Literal Structured Fantasy Random Patterns Holistic Intuitive General Integrated
Underachievers are right-brain dominant Holistic Learners This style does not fit into our traditional academic teaching!!
CONCLUSION: <ul><li>When parents & teachers understand Learning Styles and </li></ul><ul><li>let students learn THEIR way…. </li></ul>… . their academic achievements will improve, and then they will also have SUCCESS IN EXAMS ! LEARNING STYLES UNLOCK STUDENTS' POTENTIAL