Back to School with Metacognition and Learning Styles!
As a fifth grade teacher, I’m constantly trying to figure out how to help students take control of their own learning and become advocates for what they need academically in the classroom. When I think of differentiation and teaching to the multiple intellegences, I don’t just think about what I should be doing as a teacher and leader of the class. I also think about what my students should know about themselves and how they can apply that knowledge to their independent work and study time!
At the beginning of the year, I discuss learning styles with my students. We talk about how everyone has different interests and hobbies, and how their unique minds lead them to those activities. We then talk about how everyone is unique in the academic setting as well. They can figure out how their brain works by taking a simple quiz. All they have to do is put a check mark next to each statement they find to be true for them, and then total up their check marks for each section.
Once they are done with their quiz, they fill in the bar graph to find the learning style they identify with the most. There are colors listed on the top of the graph that will come in handy later, so students should use markers, crayons or colored pencils when completing the graphs.
Once done, they can consult the list of learning styles to see which style they identify with the most. Some students may have a couple that ‘tied’ and that’s fine! We don’t fit into boxes, and our learning styles can certainly overlap. I always use this time to help students reflect on what they see. Did they expect that learning style? Are they surprised? Did they assume they would be a different style? What does this mean for them as learners?
Once students have reflected as a class and with each other, they can fill out an individual reflection sheet. This helps them process what this learning style means to their in-class and out-of-class study habits, and how they can approach the school year with their new metacognative knowledge.
As a fun conclusion, I have my students make name tags for their desk. They write their name in the color of the learning style they identified withe strongest, and they make a border in the color that was their second strongest. This gives me a visual of the learning styles I know I need to be meeting, and students can see which peers they identify with the most. You can have students work in groups based on learning styles, or even pair students up who are opposite learning styles (that is a learning experience in it’s self!).
Want to help your students identify their learning styles this year? Grab the set here, and have fun!
I’m linking up with the TpT Back to School Resource Link-Up-check out the links below and have fun finding great resources for your classroom!