Thursday, September 10, 2009

Children's Learning Styles for Swimming - Auditory (Hearing) Learner




Tips for encouraging and supporting learning styles

In previous discussions on discovering a student's preferred learning style in swimming we have talked about visual or seeing learners and kinesthetic or tactile learners. To day I want to talk about Auditory or Hearing Learners.

As a parent and teachers, assessing preferred learning style and encouraging that style with age appropriate activities, helps to build confidence. It also gives them the opportunity to develop coping skills and enables you to set realistic expectations.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners receive information by listening or talking and relate most effectively to the spoken word. For the auditory learner, written information may not have meaning until they hear the words. In order to accurately process information, they prefer to read written information out loud.

Auditory learners may hum, talk or whistle to themselves. They can follow spoken directions well and may often repeat these to themselves. An auditory learner may also be good at public speaking or enjoy drama.

Tips for auditory learners swimming classes:

* Keep conversation during demonstrations clear and brief but concise
* Describe what you want them to learn accurately. Demonstrate exactly what you want the student to learn. Don't think or say "it looks something like this".
* Confirm that they heard you. Ask them what they heard you say without sounding like you are annoyed with them.
* Preferably only give them one instruction at a time but no more than three. Many children that are auditory learners also have short term auditory memory issues and cannot remember more than one instruction at a time.

Enjoy
Richard

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