2.5 Designer

Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.

“Boring and effective are mutually exclusive attributes in learning.” – Michael Allen

I wish when I was a student years and years ago, someone told me what kind of learner I was. Much later, when I heard that there are different types of learners, I immediately thought, ”Oh, I am definitely a visual learner.” I thought that as long as I see something, I will understand. Now, though, I’m realizing that is not true. I do learn visually, but I am an auditory learner first. The visual side just helps ensure the ”lightbulb” turns on in my brain. As an English major, I had to read a lot of literature—a lot! Being an auditory learner, if I found the novel as a ”book on tape,” I did so much better than trying to read the words on a page in a book. If I try to read a book, my mind will wander quicker, or I’ll get hung up on the structure of a sentence, or stare at an unfamiliar word and spend minutes deciding on the best definition.

In a blog post titled, ”Custom Tailored Tech,”, I talk about creating assignments that will accommodate all the learning levels of students. I also discuss a great learning tool called ”Reading Progress” by Microsoft and its ability to help students with their reading based on their level. It’s a great way to allow students to feel less pressure with their reading since they are not sitting directly with the teacher. They are recording their reading while the tool listens and checks all kinds of things like mispronounced words, or the reader’s pace.

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