Tuesday, February 1, 2011

EDU 470 Reflection 1.31.2011

Everybody is unique and different! What appeals to one person might not appeal to another. These ideas are true in almost every aspect of our lives. Think about a roommate you may have had at one point in your life. Did your roommate like to study with music playing in the background while you liked to study in silence? Were you better in subjects like art and music while he or she may have been better at math and social studies? If you answered yes to any of the following questions it's because we as students and future physical educators must know that students have preferred learning styles and that teaching to these styles will increase our educational success! There are three styles of learners that students commonly fit into and they are Visual Learners, Kinesthetic Learners and Auditory Learners. It's imperative that we as future educators understand that not all of our students will be the same and need to build our curriculum for students of all learning styles. Now you may be asking yourself how can we as physical educators encompass things in our lessons to meet the needs of all these different types of learners? Let's start with visual learners!



Now if I'm a physical education, it's important to have things students can see like visual aids or pictures. These visual aids can have cues and little reminders that the students can look back on during the lesson. This will also help you remember what you're looking for in the lesson when giving constructive feedback. Pictures are a great way for students to see what something should look like so if you're playing soccer or in a track and field unit students can see proper form of a runner and how his or her hands move.

By using visual aids and pictures the visual learners should have a good grasp of the subject at hand but now you have to explain it. So with the help of your cues and pictures you address what is happening in those pictures and state out loud the cues. This helps auditory learners get a grasp of what is being asked. Also during your lesson you may get creative and come up with a little song that the students can remember and sing during the class and outside of the class to help them remember cues or rules, etc.

So now that you've covered the visual and auditory learners it's time to help out the students that are more "hands on". So you've covered you're visual aids and given the students a little song to remember. So now it's time to have the students get out and practice. Most students love practicing and playing games and moving! So it's especially important as physical educators get the students moving as soon as possible (usually within the first 30 seconds of class starting) Practice makes perfect right? As physical educators it's important to have all students moving and build lessons that get the students as much practice at a particular task as possible! *Remember to give feedback! Start with a positive and then explain what needs work. Additionally end with a positive! 


As a physical educator I feel it's important to understand all learning styles and try to become as well a rounded a learner as possible. I have personally taken tests that have shown me that I am about equal in all these categories meaning I can be shown something or hear something or actually perform the task and understand it all the same. I feel I couldn't pick just one that appeals to me because they all have a critical role in helping students become more physically educated. So ask yourself, if somebody where to ask you what learning style is most appealing to you and why, which one would you choose?

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