Identifying learning styles Original research on learning styles by Dr Richard Bandler and Dr John Grinder in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming identified the following characteristics of different learners: Visual learners Children who have this learning style will thrive if they are given regular opportunities to present their work pictorially.As an example, they may use a mind-map to share what they have learned about a topic in History or Geography.
Working across the United States with thousands of students K–12—a great many of them in the bottom third academically—my colleagues and I see the "big picture" of reading styles teaching and offer some effective strategies for increasing literacy.
We know how to select, adapt, and manage the best reading methods for different learners. Marie Carbo is Founder and Executive Director of the National Reading Styles Institute, P. Box 737, Syosset, NY 11791 (e-mail: [email protected]).
And we know beyond a doubt that there is no single best way to teach every youngster to read even though some state legislatures are headed toward the potentially disastrous decision to mandate phonics for all. Contributors to this article included Beverly Crotts, Karen Floro, Rita Foust, Jill Haney, Meridel Hedges, Cynthia Hernandez, Barbara Hinds, Stephanie Lane, Lois La Shell, Janette Norton, Kay Pantier, Brenda Perkins, Linda Queiruga, and Rebecca Thomasson.
During the past 20 years, my colleagues and I have learned how to accelerate literacy levels so that students learn to love reading and become lifelong readers.
We have seen districtwide reading gains of two stanines in rural Appalachia (Snyder 1994), a bilingual school that rose from 61st of 65 schools academically to 9th, and special education students who increased their reading comprehension from 2 to 20 times.
Or maybe you're one of those people who just dive in and get their hands busy, figuring things out as you go. They're different styles of learning, and everyone has one they're most comfortable with.