Think back to when you were in school. Do you remember what helped you to learn?Do you remember that some kids were smarter than others were? Which one were you?Which one was your child?
Did you know that when we enter Kindergarten that all of us are geniuses? What do you think happens?
It has to do with how school is mostly designed for one mind style.
We looked at history, science, math, chemistry classes.The twos were always higher than the other mind styles.
There will be a pretty consistent theme throughout—type 2 and 3 students (which are your typical “good” students) significantly outperform type 1 and 4 students. GPA reports are from 1st semester of this school year, but are likely reflective of students’ ongoing experiences).
Note the high A average for type 2 students vs. the D average for type 4’s.
Science has more balance between learning styles mainly because we have “tracked” students according to their previous success in prerequisite classes. So type 4 students typically end up in basic classes—physical science and survey of chemistry instead of physics and chemistry, for example. This results in better grades for these students, but at what cost in terms of their opportunities in the future? Are we essentially telling most type 4’s they cant become doctors or engineers? See the next slide for a breakdown of who is taking what science course.
There are no type 4 students in the regular chemistry class and no type 2 or 3 students in survey. This is okay if the tracking is based primarily on student interest, but if it is based on grades, which are impacted by learning and teaching styles, then that is problematic.
Type 4 would be even lower than 39% except that only half the type 4 juniors and 1 of the seniors are taking a math class, and none are taking the hardest math or sciences we offer.
Average points by students by learning style in 1 semester—First discipline begins at 21 points.
Note zero discipline issues for 2’s.
Learning styles and student performance study groups 2011-2012
GOAL:<br />To Honor the <br />Natural Cycle of Learning<br />As Designed by God<br />Carolina Conference Constituency Session<br />August 20, 2011<br />Presentation By<br />Pamela C. Forbes,<br />Associate Superintendent of Education<br />
SDA Education Excels . . . <br />HOWEVER, <br />Is it possible that only a small percentage of our students carry the scores?<br />
What if . . .<br />We taught equally to all mind styles?<br />
The Cycle of Learning<br />God’s Design of the Brain<br />
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