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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Four Sample Learning Style Assessment Questions

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly, our mentees should know about the theory and how to apply Learning Styles of Rita and Kenneth Dunn.

Below you will find four sample learning style assessment questions that a teacher can pose to his or her students.

Four Sample Learning Style Assessment Questions

1. When learning a new word, do you prefer to see it (visual), sound it out (auditory), or write it down (kinesthetic, tactile)?

2. When you talk to a new person, do you prefer to watch him (visual), listen to him (auditory), or get him to stop talking, and do some activity with you (kinesthetic)?

3. When given a class activity, do you prefer to watch how it’s done (visual), listen to how it done (auditory), or do it (kinesthetic and tactile)?

4. Let’s say your teacher wants to show you how to make latkes, what would be your favorite part of the activity? Would it be seeing how it is made (visual), hearing how it is made (auditory), making it (kinesthetic and tactile), eating it (gustatory), or smelling the latke (olfactory)?

On the next post we will share an activity, “Searching for Multiple Intelligences”, that a teacher can implement in his or her classroom. This activity invites students to assess, record and discuss their preferred multiple intelligences.

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