Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Unfortunately I can’t claim this wisdom (Benjamin Franklin apparently), but it very much underpinned our final session for this half term. A packed BIT 4 participated in numerous VAK strategies led by Katie and Seamus, and a good time was had by all.
Fuelled by cookies we looked at how we all are stimulated by a variety of strategies that appeal in a Visual, Auditory and/or Kinaesthetic way. Educationalists have debated the validity of this approach, but teaching in an engaging and personalised style is always going to be vital and important for our students.
Seamus and Katie took us through a variety of approaches:
- Post-its for memory tests,
- What’s-in-the-box for imagination, descriptions and theorizing (no Brad though)
- Slap-board for competition and consolidation
- Connect 4 for personalised challenge
All of these offered VAK activities that strike a chord with our learners, whatever may be their more dominant learning style. The ‘involve me’ aspect of these activities transcends learning styles and draws in all learners in fun and engaging activities, and this also counts for what we can get out of our own planning and teaching.
A no-brainer really.
This half term there have been 7 sessions, with 59 staff attending. 14 of you have come to all of the sessions. 17 staff have delivered CPD to their colleagues. This Blog has had 560 views.
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