Learning Styles – Why Should We Care?

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We should care about Learning Styles because they affect every age level and every part of our lives.

Your learning styles make up who you are. They include your interests, your personality, the way your brain processes information, and all of your natural gifts and abilities.

Learning Styles are about coaching our children to discover who they are as unique creations. When we honor our children’s learning styles we acknowledge the way they are made.

How else can our children grow up with confidence in their abilities? Will they become confident, happy adults if they are constantly learning that they are not good enough? That they aren’t measuring up? That they are not working to potential?

Millions of children are learning at this very moment in classrooms around the country that they are not smart, not serious, not motivated, not capable, and have nothing to contribute. How can that be? Aren’t these the same kids that were so smart when they were 2, 3 and 4 years old?

It is because, despite all the rhetoric about each child being an individual, our classrooms continue the one-size-fits-all model of education. The kids who need to move are labeled hyperactive or ADHD; those who need time to reflect and ponder are labeled ADD; those who need to verbalize and ask lots of questions are labeled impulsive; those who need to discuss or have conversations in order to learn are labeled disruptive. Students who are not ready to read or write at 4 or 5 or 6 years of age are forced, then labeled dyslexic. Kids who are tortured by workbooks and desks and book reports are labeled lazy or slow or unmotivated or disrespectful, or all of these.

Did you know that the majority of people in the population are hands-on, experiential learners? Only a few are print learners: read-the textbook-and-answer-the-questions types of learners. So why are classrooms set up to only shine the spotlight on those lucky three to five students who have the “magic” learning style combination for school?

Those hands-on, experiential learners are our potential inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, musicians, poets, philosophers, artists of all kinds, missionaries, and creative people. They share the same learning styles as Einstein and similar brilliant

people whom we admire. They are the students whoare often labeled with a learning disability, who experience failure almost daily in school, and who don’t realize how smart they are and that they have unlimited possibilities. What a tragedy!

Each child’s special learning styles need to be acknowledged and encouraged if each child is to grow up to be the person he/she is meant to be.

I believe that parents have an obligation to protect their children from damaging school experiences that keep them from becoming the people they are meant to be. And teachers also have an obligation to bring out the star in every child by nurturing their learning styles.

This is my challenge to all parents, teachers, and schools in this new year: Can we transform the education of our youth? Can we truly prepare our students for success in life?

It will only happen if we honor the differences in each child, if we look at their learning styles and meet their individual learning needs.

by Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S., copyright 2011 by Willis & Hodson, Reflective Educational Perspectives LLC

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4 thoughts on “Learning Styles – Why Should We Care?

  1. Hi Mariaemma, my name is D’TaRelle and I found your site through Chellie Campbell. I took her Financial Stress Reduction Workshop and signed up for her newsletter.

    I most certainly agree with you whole heartedly in that as Howard Gardner says “It is not a matter of if our children are smart it is how are they smart.” It is the very reason I do what I do in using dance and movement as tools for developing smart, happy and fit kids. I find that when we honor how children learn best, not only do we honor who they are, build their self esteem and confidence, but we can also use their learning style as a foundation and gateway into learning easier and faster and make learning a joy. Topics they normally would not be interested in are now interesting and fun because they are in the style that the child learns best.

    Great job Mariaemma and keep up the great work. Yes we should care about learning styles.

  2. Hi Mariaemma,

    I just wanted to say that I am excited to have found your materials. I stumbled upon “Discover Your Child’s Learning Style” as I was researching information concerning learning styles.

    Your book’s listing on Amazon led me to your site and I am impressed and grateful for what I have seen so far.

    I am currently working on building a site of my own to encourage parents to think outside the box and purposely ensure that their children have access to more than the same one-size-fits-all learning materials.

    I just ordered “Discover Your Child’s Learning Style” and I look forward to reading it as well as possibly referring it as a resource to the visitors of my site.

  3. Thank you for your comment. We appreciate it! I’m happy you were able to order our book – it is between printing right now and hard to get. It will be fully available again in about a month. You might be interested in finding out about our online Learning Style Profile as well, and perhaps putting an affiliate link on your website. Let me know if you’d like more info about that.

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