Johnny has fifty-four apples and six friends. What would each friend get if he divided the apples evenly among them? Nine apples, you say? Interesting theory. The answer is actually a stomach ache. (Sorry, had to!) But that’s not the point of this exercise. The point is to ask you this: when you read the question, what was your process? Did you find you had to picture the apples? Did you wish you had fifty-four apples to physically sort? Did you repeat the question aloud? Your answer may reveal your learning style. Or, as Tamra Excell, co-founder of Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences would say, your learning needs and preferences.
Excell speaks on the importance of learning styles on her website, www.TamraExcell.com, including why she prefers to call them a learning need and/or preference instead of a “style.”
In her latest article entitled “Beyond Learning Styles: Preferences and Needs”, Excell explains,“Communication is important for learning, and word choice is important for communication. The phrase “learning styles” has been defined and applied in a variety of ways, making communication and research about learning styles problematic at best.”
This, Excell says, is why “Learning needs and preferences is better terminology than learning styles. Most can agree that a student who is blind is not likely to learn from visual means, and that a person who is Deaf will not likely learn through auditory means. They have learning needs that seem obvious, wouldn’t you agree? Where do we draw the line though? How about a student with a processing disorder confirmed with fMRI scans; would this be accepted evidence of a learning need? At what point do we draw the line between a need and what we would instead define as a preference? Or should we?
What is School For?
Exploring School Options
Homeschooling. Online schooling. Private Schooling. Exploring different schooling options for your child can be stressful. Like Charlie-Brown-kicking-a-football kind of stressful. But before you throw your hands up and yell “Aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!” we’ve put together a resource to help searching parents learn what their schooling options really are, and decide what is the best choice for their child.
On April 25th, educational researcher and co-founder of CMASAS Tamra Excell will be hosting a free webinar to help questioning parents and students discover the world of personalized education.
Through this webinar, you can expect to:
Discover the most important questions you need to ask first when considering your educational options
Explore what it really means to offer students a personalized education, and learn how to avoid bait-and-switch marketing tactics
Empower your child with the skills really needed to excel in our dynamic, modern world