Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing
learning styles, teaching, active learning
Two things made me a better teacher: my blind student and my deaf student. I realized when forced to confront my deficiencies several years ago that I did not speak enough for the blind student's auditory needs, nor did I provide enough images for the deaf student's visual learning needs. I corrected those deficiencies. Yet, I was still dissatisfied with the extent of my students' retained knowledge when I assessed their learning through class questions, exercises, quizzes, and tests.Then I learned that I was a kinesthetic learner. I began to read about learning styles and found that my own impatience and inability to learn, coupled with the restlessness I felt unless I wrote things down and read them myself, signaled a kinesthetic learning style. This discovery triggered my own decision to add a new mode of delivery requiring “active learning” to each class I teach.
Barbara Tyler, Active Learning Benefits All Learning Styles: 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Teaching, 11 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing 106 (2003)
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