Kinesthetic Learning : Kinesthetic Learning Reading Power
Michelle Thomas What is a Kinesthetic Learner? : What is a Kinesthetic Learner? Kinesthetic learners learn best by moving their bodies, activating their large or small muscles as they learn. These are the "hands-on learners" or the "doers" who actually concentrate better and learn more easily when movement is involved. Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners : Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners Wiggle, tap feet, move legs while they sit.
Often labeled “Hyperactive” as children.
Because they learn through movement, kinesthetic learners often do well as performers: athletes, actors, or dancers.
Work well with hands; may be good at repairing work, sculpting, art, working with various tools.
Often well coordinated and have a strong sense of timing Study Tips for Kinesthetic Learners : Study Tips for Kinesthetic Learners Chew- the chewing of gum may give the motion stimulus you need to help you learn
Color- Make a copy of your notes on whatever your studying. Get highlighters or anything available to color. Its possible the act of color-coding your notes might be enough.
Jitter- Sometimes tapping your leg or foot can be the stimulus you need to learn or even pay attention when listening to a lecture. This produces less movement and less distraction and helps your focus. Study Tips Cont. : Study Tips Cont. Type- Type out notes and pay attention as you type and use different colors or fonts as you type. Some people find that colored cursive reminiscent of their own highlighted handwriting better.
Walk- Take notes and repeat them to yourself while you walk. Walk fast or bounce while you walk can sometimes help, though this method doesn’t work for everyone.
Write- Try writing out your notes by hand. Sometimes this can cement the memory into your head. Kinesthetic and Tactile learners : Kinesthetic and Tactile learners Kinesthetic learners have two different sub channels:
Kinesthetic (movement) and Tactile (touch). They tend to loose concentration when there is little or no movements.
Sometimes they will move take notes in class just to move their hands. They typically use color highlighters, colored pencils and take notes by drawing pictures. Integrate Style into learning environment : Integrate Style into learning environment Use activities that get the learners up and moving
Play music during activities
Use colored markers to emphasize key points.
Take frequent stretch breaks
Provide toys to give them something to do with their hands. Highlight a point, provide gum, scents, etc. which provides a cross link of aroma to the topic at hand. (scent can be a powerful cue).
Provide highlighters, colored pencils or pens
Transfer information from text to another medium. Connection to the Brain : Connection to the Brain Researchers say that the brain is split into two parts, left and right. The left side of the brain are for people who use logic, facts and rules to determine how they think. People who use the right side of the brain use feelings and beliefs to determine how they think. Right Side Characteristics : Right Side Characteristics Intuitive
Visual-pictorial Right Side Kinesthetic Learners : Right Side Kinesthetic Learners Punctuality- more likely to be late.
Gestures- can not talk with out using their hands.
Testing- Rights do worse on tests than left sided people. They remember patters and images rather than dates and facts
Planning- plan things on spur of moment rather than taking the time to plan it out like left side. Recall- more likely not to remember names but remember actions of the people and what they were wearing
Neatness- may not be very neat but know where everything is Fact : Fact The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. The right side of the brain controls the left. The population seems to be equally split left and right. A brain can be half left/half right, predominantly left or predominantly right. References : References Dunn, Rita and Dunn, Kenneth, Teaching Students Through Their Individual Learning Styles (Reston, Virginia: Reston Publishing, 1978).
Benzwie, Teresa, A Moving Experience (Tucson, Arizona: Zephyr Press, 1987).
Constantinidou, F. and Baker, S. (2002). Stimulus modality and verbal learning performance in normal aging. Brain and Language, 82(3), 296ñ311. Rourke, B., Ahmad S., Collins, D., Hayman-Abello, B., Hayman-Abello, S., and Warriner, E. (2002). Child clinical/pediatric neuropsychology: some recent advances. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 309339.
Rourke, B., Ahmad S., Collins, D., Hayman-Abello, B., Hayman-Abello, S., and Warriner, E. (2002). Child clinical/pediatric neuropsychology: some recent advances. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 309339.
Hasan (2007). Study Tips for Kinesthetic Learners. DirJournal Guides.