Teen Style: Teaching styles vary for diverse students


— Throughout all schools, there are students who learn with different styles from one another in terms of learning kinesthetically, visually, verbally and auditorily.

When those students are co-mingled, how is a class taught? Seeing as they all require different means of learning, what methods do teachers use to teach them as a whole and not as individuals?

This problem was solved resourcefully by Steamboat Springs Middle School, where they have the means to have one-on-one time with students by incorporating methods such as having student aides in the teachers' classrooms. These teachers-in-training help the teachers by spending one-on-one time with other students, and generally helping around the classroom.

One other way of insuring that all students grasp a certain concept is by having "intervention" before core classes, in which the core teachers (along with the student aides) have groups of as few as 12 students and work on various subjects, usually related to the core itself.

Counselor Margi Briggs-Casson said she had noticed that most students are visual learners.

"The lesson has to be presented visually, while speaking about the material auditorily," she said, adding that additional learning methods can be incorporated.

"Kinesthetic movement during the learning session is helpful for memory, and repeating back the material verbally helps put it into long-term memory," she said.

I personally never knew the complications of teaching a class full of diverse students, but I find the process to be very interesting and most likely very difficult from a teacher's perspective. Steamboat Springs Middle School does a great job of working with the way students learn and teaching them in the process.

Emma Schmidt is a seventh grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School. This is her first year writing for Teen Style.


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