Kinesthetic learner signs and strategies for how to help this learning style thrive.
We all have different learning styles. There are five common categorizations for the way we learn: hands-on, visual, auditory, read/write and kinesthetic.
Kinesthetic learners process information best while engaging in physical activities. Instead of relying on visual or auditory learning, they prefer whole-body movement and hands-on experiences. New knowledge or understanding is achieved through physical movement.
Kinesthetic Learner Characteristics
How to identify a kinesthetic learner?
- They love to move. Kinesthetic learners like to bounce, kick, spin, tap and are constantly in motion.
- Have great physical memory and easily perform the same task twice.
- They are often good at sports.
- Have great coordination and timing.
- Have trouble sitting still.
- Can be easily distracted and overwhelmed.
Kinesthetic Learning Strategies
Adapting to a traditional learning environment can be difficult for kinesthetic learners. Often they are expected to sit still, focus and listen for hours. Many are labelled as ADD or ADHD without a clear understanding that they thrive best using a different approach.
Ways to Help Kinesthetic Learners Succeed
- Give them breaks. Make time for physical activity to break up the day and allow them a chance to move and use their energy.
- Let them fidget. A fidget spinner or sensory toy can provide the physical/tactile experience they need.
- Encourage drawing or doodling during lessons.
- Walk and talk. Pairing a physical activity with learning will help build skill memories.
- Motivate with rewards and avoid punishment. Avoid criticism and focus on giving positive feedback frequently.
- Make it a game. Turn lessons into a game using movement. Hopscotch, Tic-Tac-Toe, Twister, Jeopardy or Nerf basketball for example.
More Resources on Kinetic Learning
VARK Guide to Learning Preferences
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