Teaching Style

In the same way that each of us has a unique learning style, teachers have individual teaching styles. Each style meets the needs of some students better than others.

Most teachers tend to be analytic by inclination, whereas most students are global.

Good teachers are intuitively aware of individual differences between students, and between themselves and individual learners.

Thoughtful teachers appreciate the strengths and limitations of their own instructional preferences.

Schools who wish to upskill their staff in terms of their awareness of teaching and learning styles will find ILSA’s training modules invaluable.

Teachers who understand and address individual learning styles...

  • Believe that all students can learn if given the right instructional approaches
  •  Are aware of the elements of the Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Model, in particular those elements that make the biggest difference most quickly
  •  Assess students’ learning styles using age-appropriate Dunn and Dunn learning-style instruments
  •  Are aware of their own learning style and teaching style and its impact on different types of learners
  •  Communicate clear expectations about the rights and responsibilities of students’ use of learning styles in the classroom
  •  Help students understand and apply their strongest learning preferences both in the classroom and for homework
  •  Create a learning culture characterised by inclusiveness, student self-discipline and respect for others
  •  Publish their students’ individual preferences for their own reference and for the benefit of specialist teachers
  •  Publish their own preferences alongside their students’
  •  Emphasise the importance of respecting other people’s individual styles
  •  Consider environmental, sociological, emotional, physiological and psychological elements when planning and assessing units of work
  •  Prepare relevant, high-interest lessons with significant, challenging content
  •  Create examples of attractive, accurate, self-correcting multi-sensory instructional materials
  •  Show students how to create their own learning materials simply and economically
  •  Refer to students’ individual preferences in their instructions and classroom management strategies
  •  Show that they respect individual difference by suggesting alternative approaches when a common instructional strategy has been prescribed
  •  Reflect on successful and unsuccessful strategies and modify or adapt their teaching style to help all students achieve the learning objectives
  •  Help learners develop secondary strengths and show them how to maintain concentration if they experience a mismatch of teaching and learning styles

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