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My Five Learning Styles are:

-Visual

|I have an easier time learning through seeing than hearing. Pictures,


diagrams, and models are more effective than listening to an
explanation. A sketch of the steps of a geometric proof are more
helpful than an explanation of the reasoning behind it.

If I know a student is a Visual Learner, I will know to use more pictures


and diagrams, as opposed to spoken explanations.
I can best play to their strengths by preparing more tests and activities
with relevant diagrams. For a question asking for the formula for the
area of a regular polygon, I would include pictures for a square,
pentagon, and hexagon.
-Conceptual |I prefer language and ideas to real world applications. Learning the
formula for projectile trajectory teaches me more of the science behind
it than seeing a cannon shot from a cannonball.

If I know a student is a Conceptual Learner, I will arrange for more


reading/solving homework, and fewer experiments.
I can best cater to these students by sticking to the ideas of the math,
and not going into how this is used in the real world. Especially for an
ELL student, this information may be misconstrued as something they
need to learn, as opposed to something they can find out or apply once
they have the skills.
-Spatial

|I can easily mentally picture and position things in a relative space in


my mind. Creating a diagram is easier for me than describing it.

If I know a student is a Spatial Learner, I can give them geometric


representations of the math work.
When teaching calculus, I can explain derivatives as slopes of lines
across shifting functions, or in geometry when explaining formulas for
3d shapes like cylinders, I can describe them as stretches of simpler 2d
shapes.
-Independent
|I prefer working alone. When doing group work, I have an easier
time when the work is divided, rather than when expected to
cooperate. I prefer specialization to generalization in a job.

If I know a student is an Independent Learner, I will limit the amount of


group work in the class.

When necessary I will prepare group work that innately implies


delegation of tasks as opposed to letting the group argue over how to
break up the larger problems.
-Pragmatic

|I am practical, logical, and systematic. I prefer having directions laid


out to trying to develop my own solutions, especially when there is
only one solution/there is an optimal solution. I am risk-averse.

If I know a student is a Pragmatic Learner, I will favor more modular


problems focusing on each step.
For a lesson on how to find the volume of a pyramid, I will start off with
a refresher on the area of 2d shapes, then explain how to find the
volume of prisms which are the same 2d shape stacked on each other
many times and finish with how the pyramid is essentially a stacking of
progressively smaller, similar shapes.