Accommodating different learning styles in a classroom

We all learn in different ways. similarly, every student in a classroom might have a different preference for learning style which can also act as a challenge for the teacher in a classroom. However, this can be dealt with by incorporating various learning styles, with which, a majority of needs can be met.


A person with a Visual learning style prefers items that can be seen or observed, such as photographs, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, handouts, films, flip-charts, and so on. These are the individuals who will work from lists and written instructions.

  • Use maps, flow charts, or webs to organize materials
  • Write out checklists of needed formulas, commonly misspelled words, etc.
  • Write out and use flash cards for review of material
  • Draw pictures or cartoons of concepts
  • Write down material on slips of paper and move them around into proper sequence.
  • Use the chalkboard to note important information


Someone with an Auditory learning style prefers to transmit information by listening to the spoken word, whether it is their own or others’, as well as sounds and noises. These are the people who enjoy being told what to do over the phone and who can recall every word to every song they hear.

  • Engage the student in conversation about the subject matter
  • Question students about the material
  • Ask for oral summaries of material
  • Have them tape lectures and review them with you
  • Have them tape themselves reviewing material and listen to it together
  • Read material aloud to them


A Kinesthetic learner prefers physical experiences such as touching, feeling, holding, doing, and practical hands-on experiences. These are the people that enjoy doing things by hand and never read the directions first.

  • Write out checklists of materials to be learned or looked for
  • Trace words and diagrams on paper
  • Use textured paper and experiment with different sizes of pens, pencils, and crayons to write down information
  • Use role play or dramatize concepts. Students can move objects around to dramatize a concept or act out the concept themselves.
  • Use some form of body movement (snapping fingers, pacing, mouthing ideas) while reciting material to be learned.

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