kinesthetic Learner By: Elizabeth Mouser

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Kinesthetic Style of Learning By: Elizabeth Mouser

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What is it? “Kinesthetic learning is a teaching and learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or merely watching a demonstration” (“Kinesthetic Learning”). Kinesthetic learners are those learners “whose energy surplus requires active engagement while concentrating on new and difficult information” (Favre 30).

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Elements of Kinesthetic Learners Students who are kinesthetic learners… are often considered hyper, overactive, disruptive, and difficult to teach. may not be successful academically, when forced to learn in a traditional environment. tend to have negative feelings about school and themselves as learners. have a strong motor memory. learn new concepts best when their bodies are engaged.

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Signs of a Kinesthetic Learner: Frequent movement Touching people to express emotion Fidgeting with objects, hands, or feet Enjoy physical activities Difficulty reading for very long periods of time Difficulty with spelling Solves problems by physically working through them

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More Signs of a Kinesthetic Learner Coordinated and and good at sports Hyperactive Dress for comfort, instead of style Would rather stand than sit Enjoys touching things Excels in the performing arts

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Methods to Teach This Type of Learner “They learn best when they can move around and engage their small and large muscle groups” (Hutton). Allow them to stand while learning Let them use manipulatives Teach concepts with concrete objects Allow/ encourage movement Use games that include movement

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It’s Important to Understand Kinesthetic Learning! “While seemingly unsuccessful, such youngsters are able to learn when they are provided instruction in ways that respond to their unique strengths. They often are learners whose need for meaningful movement while learning is not being met with the traditional teaching modeled in most Teacher Education Programs” (Favre 29). If we do not meet the needs of the kinesthetic learners they are likely to be labeled as learning disabled and become frustrated with school.

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References Dunn, Rita and Honigsfeld, Andrea. "Learning-style Responsive Approaches For Teaching Typically Performing and At-Risk Adolescents." Clearing House May 2009: 220-224. Education.com. Hutton, Shannon. 9 July 2009. <http://www.education.com/magazine/article/kinesthetic_learner>. Favre, Lois R. "Kinesthetic Instructional Strategies:Moving At-risk Learners to Higher Levels." Insights On Learning Disabilities 2009: 29-35. "Kinesthetic learning." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 26 Jun 2009, 11:19 UTC. 26 Jun 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kinesthetic_learning&oldid=298732534>.

Summary: Describes the attributes of a kinesthetic learner.

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