This post is part of a mini-series introduction to Individual Differences in Instruction and Storytelling. I lay the groundwork for deeper adventures in Differentiated Instruction, Learning Styles, Personalized Stories, and the like.
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Be warned, this post is a little on the long side. I considered splitting it in two, but there was no good place to cut it.
We’ve talked about Learn Styles and Multiple Intelligences; basically coming to the conclusion that (duh) every person processes information differently. There are Linguistic, Mathmatical, Musical, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Naturalistic, and Spatial, among many others. The intelligences factor into a student’s (any student’s) Learning Style and shows us the best way to present information to that particular student.
This is very important, and we will talk more about how to do this as time goes on. But, a student’s Learning Style is only part of the equation. We are all more than brains seeking information to swallow. Humans are complex, social, broken, distractable, creative, and unique creatures. No two are alike. All of these other factors (along side Learning Styles) form a student’s Learning Profile. What follows is a somewhat incomplete list of other factors to account for when developing a student’s learning profile. In the next series post, we will combine all these together to create an index Learning Strategy for a particular student.