A learning style is a student’s preferred way to absorb the lessons he or she may be presented with. Learning styles are not really concerned with what students learn, but instead, how they would rather consume the lesson. For many years teachers were allowed to teach children in accordance to what they were able to understand. It was as though every child received special services. It worked well because it was personalized. Viewers from without saw this, and attempted to categorize the results of what was a person to person style of learning.
Fleming’s VAK/VARK model
One of the most common and widely-used categorizations of the various types of learning styles is Fleming’s VARK model (sometimes VAK) which expanded upon earlier Neuro-linguistic programming (VARK) models1) visual learners; 2) auditory learners;3) kinesthetic learners or tactile learners.
Fleming claimed that visual learners have a preference for seeing (think in pictures; visual aids such as overhead slides, diagrams, handouts, etc.). Auditory learners best learn through listening (lectures, discussions, tapes, etc.). Tactile/kinesthetic learners prefer to learn via experience—moving, touching, and doing (active exploration of the world; science projects; experiments, etc
Whereas the educational arena concedes that it is necessary for teaching endeavors that connect to diverse learning styles, the value of such labeling is questionable. Researchers agree that students do have sundry learning methods; they also agree that it is not really significant when creating learning programs. It is far more important to match the presentation with the nature of the subject and to offer appropriate learning methods and approaches, as opposed to any corresponding distinct choices
Why doesn’t it work? Chiefly, the dream is often missing. That dream is the child’s aspiration.It develops from stories your mother or grandmother read to you. It is the hope of becoming something special. It is the reason that you can made decisions. Does the child relate to Goldilocks, the wolf, or the three little pigs? Which pig? Children learn a lot from stories and fables. If the teacher isn’t building on that dream, the child may well not acknowledge the message, despite the learning style. They can be inspired by something else that is not necessarily positive. Therefore, a flat Neuro- Linguistic format may not work. Some children learn through the heart not the head. We have to remember that all education is Special Education, because all children are special.
Michael Jackson sang us the stories that touch our lives. He gave us hope, he let us know that we can love, and that we are loveable. Michael told us that we could change the world…and we can. We know that today. When our beloved brother left us, it was only physically. The spirit of him whom I choose to call The Honorable Michael Jackson stayed. His spirit lives in us, and generations who never saw him have been endowed with Michael’s spirit of love.
You might want to ask at this point, “What does that have to do with education?!” Well, for many, learning is through the heart and to the mind. I was amazed at the things I was able and willing to bear and do for the love of Michael. Each of us found the fire that lived inside of us; we decided to make that change. I am so proud to be part of the MJJ Global Family. There is no classroom that has taught me as much as I have learned here. Michael taught me the greatest thing of all. He taught me how to love. Yet, it is you who compels me never to stop. Let’s stir up the gifts that have been given to us. The creativity that we were endowed with must never end. In truth, there really is no creativity; it is all in you through the grace of God. It is your gift. Michael said it and it is true. You know it, you know it, you know it…”Make that change”. If we didn’t know it, we know it now. Yes… let us stir up the gift. There is no education better than the wisdom that God has endowed you with!
“No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind and prayer, and belief in yourself and confidence and perseverance. No matter how many times you do it, you do it again until it’s right. And always believe in yourself. And not matter who’s around you that is being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become.” MICHAEL J. JACKSON,2001
Rev, Dr Cate C.P.C