Breakthrough Education; Learning Styles: 'Hindi Lang Pang Eskuwela, Pang Pamilya Pa!'
Byline: Henry S. Tenedero
What parents dont know about their childrens learning style strengths can hurt them and their children.
Parents need to understand and internalize that:
* Every child is uniquely different
* Every child has strengths
* Children all learn best through their unique strengths
Heres what it means:
* Husbands and wives in the same family learn differently from each other. In nine out of ten families, husbands and wives learn differently from each other.
* Siblings do not have the same learning styles. Siblings often learn diametrically-opposite ways. If their first child is an "angel," the second one will drive them up the wall!
* Whether children do well in school depends on the luck of the draw, meaning whether their learning styles match or dont match their teachers teaching styles. The closer the match between HOW children learn and HOW their teachers teach, the better those children will perform in school.
"LD" does not necessarily mean that the child is LEARNING DISABLED; it could mean that the child is TEACHING DISABLED.
How children study determines whether or not they learn. The question isnt SHOULD children do
homework but HOW should they do it.
For studying to be internalized, children need to (a) begin concentrating with their strongest perceptual strength, (b) reinforce what they have studied through their secondary perceptual strength, and then (c) apply what they have learned in some creative way.
Perceptual strengths are the senses through which each child best remembers what has been studied hearing, reading, seeing, writing or hands-on resources, or experiencing!
If, by age six, a child isnt reading, hes been taught with the wrong method. Phonics, whole language, linguistics, experiential approaches, and the newer hands-on tactual reading methods are each effective. But for very different children!
When a global child fails math, the odds are that his teacher is analytic. Most children can master most topics and subjects. Their academic difficulties begin when their teacher does not teach the way they learn.
Some children learn best while sitting on the floor in soft light, with the television or radio on, and surrounded by food. When they do, they process information globally.
Global children need to see the "big picture" first; then they focus on the details. They see the whole before the parts. Analytic children need to see the details first; they then build …
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Publication information: Article title: Breakthrough Education; Learning Styles: 'Hindi Lang Pang Eskuwela, Pang Pamilya Pa!'. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: March 19, 2004. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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