We look forward to welcoming the children back to school this Wednesday, 24th February. Tonnes of excitement was experienced at school, prior to the break, with Celebrating Language Diversity Week and the EPN’s Friendship Duka. Hopefully, the short break incorporated a play-date, or two, as well as precious time spent with family.
Staff at both campuses are undergoing Professional Development before the students’ return to school. Teachers, like students, are continually learning and, also like students, have different learning needs and preferences. As well as providing an opportunity to collaborate, exchange ideas, expand our skill-set and increase our knowledge, days like these often remind us what it feels like to be on the receiving end of instruction, participating in learning environments that may, or may not, play to our strengths. Do we thrive in group situations, or do we find ourselves feeling a little self-conscious and outside of our comfort zone? Would we rather be provided with new information that we can visualise, or would we prefer to listen to an explanation, or perhaps have a direct hands-on approach, physically experiencing something new for ourselves? Professional Development sessions, like classrooms, need to appeal to a wide range of individual personalities and learning preferences, incorporating a variety of activities, as well as providing moments for reflection, in order to engage and motivate learners.
At the start of the academic year, the majority of classrooms would have carried out activities with students, to help determine their preferred learning styles and, thereby, help guide our teaching. The website scholastic.com recommends re-checking a child’s learning profile “periodically [as] exposure to different experiences as well as development itself can influence your child’s learning profile over time.”
If you are not already sure of your child’s preferred learning style, or you are slightly curious about your own, there are numerous informal questionnaires to be found on the Internet, which could provide a little insight.
The two websites that have been selected below are user friendly and free.