June 28, 2012

How do you learn? Eyes? Ears? Hands? All of the Above?

Have you ever thought about how you learn best?

Think back to the last time you learned something new.  It could be as simple as learning to cook a new recipe.  Did you want to read the directions step by step? Did you like to look at the pictures or just watch someone do it? Did you ignore the directions, glance at the ingredients list, and go to town?

We all learn differently.  Some of us learn by listening, reading ,and discussing , some by watching and looking at pictures, and some of us learn by getting involved and using our hands.  Typically, we fit into more than one category.

I love to learn all different ways, but really, when it boils down to it, I'm an auditory learner.  Once I discovered this, it all made sense.  I get a lot out of discussions and hearing people talk.  I love books on tape and listening to others read.  I need the word directions from Google maps on my iPhone, not just the maps screen.  Does this sound like you?  Maybe you are an auditory learner too.

One of the things I enjoy doing at the beginning of the school year is giving my students a Learning Modality Survey.  This tells me what kind of learners I have in my classroom and they think it is awesome! They love learning what type of learner they are.  Last year, I looped with my kiddos and several said, "Mrs. K! Can you believe it?  I'm a kinesthetic learner."  Let's just say I was NOT surprised.  :)

Anyway, it's just a fun way to get to know your students.  I actually kept a list of all my auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners in my teacher binder to remind me to provide all types of learning experiences for my students throughout the year.

I shared this freebie with you last summer, but that was a few 100+ followers ago, so I thought I would share it again.  Plus, I jazzed it up with a cute frame from The 3AM Teacher. Isn't it cute?

Click the survey to go directly to my TN store to download your own copy for FREE!

Then, take the survey and figure out what kind of learner you are and comment below.  I can't wait to hear about it!!


  1. Definitely visual!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I need your help! Please check out my last post ♥

  2. I am visual too! We learned at a workshop that we teach the way we learn. This really helped me try and build into a lesson ways to meet all learners. It really becomes a lot easier once you become more aware of trying to do so.

    Thank you for this great *freebie*. =)

    Heather's Heart

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  4. Amanda, I just awarded you the One Clever Education Blog award! Stop by my blog to grab it!

    Peacocks and Penguins - 4th Grade

  5. I love doing this with kids! I'm an auditory/visual learner, I can do really well in discussion courses, but I need to read the information too.

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  6. Will be using this with my fifth graders this August! Thanks!

    Fifth Grade Dugout

  7. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing. I love doing this with my kids...it's always interesting to them. :) You rock!

  8. I am a kinesthetic/visual learner. I've always had a hard time listening. Still do! Thanks for sharing this. I am going to do this with my middle schoolers next year. I popped over from TBA Friday Freebies.
    Pamela Fulk
    First Class Teacher

  9. Thank you so much for re-sharing your survey. It was confirmed that I am a kinesthetic learner. I am super excited to have my new students take the survey at the beginning of the year and see if that will help me help them. Thanks again!!!

  10. Thank you so much for this great resource! I was wanting to try book clubs in my room this year and this will be a great way to get started! Love it!


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