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Teaching Tip Tuesday - Learning Styles

Everyone has different learning styles.  Learning styles are simply the method of instructions that a person best learns information. While there are many theories about many forms of learning styles, typically it is accepted that there are four main learning styles that are generally agreed upon: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. The grouping of these four categories is referred to as VARK in education theory. 

The Visual Learner
Students with visual learning styles absorb information best through visual tools such as images, maps, or diagrams. These students may benefit from graphic organizers to relay typically text-heavy information into a visual format. Hi-lighting material, creating flashcards for review, and working in a quiet space are keys for these type of learners.

The Auditory Learner
Auditory learners do well with lectures, audio instructions, and can likely benefit from audiobooks. Simply they learn best when they HEAR something.  Text may be difficult for auditory learners, but reading out loud may help and is an example of an easy way to implement a new learning style to overcome this common classroom issue. Verbal repetition is key for these type of learners.

The Kinesthetic Learner 
Kinesthetic or tactile learners prefer the use of hands-on learning. They learn from doing, are very coordinated, and have excellent physical memory.  They need to move and often lose interest quickly if things stay the same too long.  Experiments are especially good teaching tools for kinesthetic learners, as well as changing basic seating charts, and allowing them to move during class. 

Reading/Writing Learner
Those with a strong preference best by reading and writing, do best then they use lists, diagrams, takes notes and then rereads their notes.  These types of learners rather read by themselves than have someone read to them. They also prefer to study alone.
Bringing Learning Styles to the Classroom
There are ways to help determine what type of learner you are such as this
online test at which asks 20 questions and then gives you actionable tips to make learning a little easier. 
However, many people are not limited to just one learning style, but learn through different styles depending on the subject being taught. 

So how do teachers ensure they are reaching students from each type of learning style?
One way is to overlap several learning styles for the same material to ensure different learners are taking in the material together and students are learning the same subjects in multiple ways.
Another is to give students choices on how they will present their work such as Active Learning (or project based learning) where the students have a variety of ways to show they have mastered a subject.  Using variation and choice can help learners from any style achieve. 

Monday Reflections with Students: MaryCaroline Bearden

Monday Reflections with MaryCaroline

What are you liking the most about BHS right now?
I'm really liking track right now.

What lesson have you enjoyed the most in your classes?
Retail Class- I like learning about the business aspect of things in Mr. Kenjura's class.

What technology tool do you most like using in class?
Google Classroom- I like how it keeps track of all my work.

What is one thing that you appreciate when teachers do?
I appreciate when teachers tell us two weeks in advance a test or project that is upcoming.

In the past week, what is one new concept to you that you learned in class?
In Mrs. Fielding's class, we are learning how to prepare for taking the AP test.

What are you looking forward to this school year?

What are your plans after high school?
I plan to go to Blinn, and then I plan to go to Baylor.

Fab Find Friday: Noisli Improves Focus and Productivity

Noisli Improves Focus and Productivity

Do you have those days when you or your students really need to focus? Do you or your students enjoy calming music and sounds?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, then you need to check out Noisli. 

Noisli is a website you can go to, or you can add the extension. The website and extension both do the same.

I love how I can easily sign in with my Google account (with the G+ symbol). I also can set a timer and make favorites (combination of sounds that I like the most). 

Need a break, need help with calming students down, need to get focus? Check out Noisli NOW!!

TTESS Thursday: How You Can Exceed Expectations with Technology on the TTESS Rubric

Implementing SAMR into Your Lesson

Image credit: Sylvia Duckworth, via @DavidGuerin, found at-

When we are implementing technology into our classroom, we have to make sure we are not just substituting technology for paper and pencil. In that case, paper and pencil may be the better option. We want to aim for transformation. When we aim for transformation, then that is when we score higher on TTESS in the technology area.

Here's another way to look at it-

Web Tool Wednesday - Video Files in Gmail

Luckily while most of us were enjoying Spring Break last week, the folks at Google were still hard at work.  During that time, there was a nice G Suite update that makes previewing video attachments in Gmail much smoother and quicker. Previously, in order to view a video attachment in Gmail, you would have to download it to your computer and open it with a media player. But now when you open an email with video attachments, you will see a thumbnail of the video and have the ability to stream it, right from inside Gmail.

This feature uses the same Google infrastructure that powers YouTube, Google Drive, and other video streaming apps, so video is delivered at optimal quality and availability.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Teacher's Toolbox for Modern Teachers

    A recent article in the Washington Post stated the average U.S. student will take over one hundred standardized tests by the time they finish high school, with eighth graders having the most testing required of them in a single year with more than 25 hours of testing. With so much time spent preparing for these tests, it's often a struggle for teachers to fulfill the needs of diverse classrooms within the narrow and specific curriculum they must follow.

    Of course there is no magic cure-all, but below are a list of the most important skills that teachers will use to succeed in today's classrooms.
  1. Collaboration Online: Whether it’s creating and sharing a YouTube video of a classroom experiment or using another educator’s blog to teach the fundamentals of geometry, teachers can work together around the U.S. to teach more effectively and gain peer support.
  2. Adaptability: From changing an exercise for a larger classroom to changing lesson plans based on the new testing requirements, modern teachers need to be nimble to adapt to the ever-shifting education environment. This skill is critical for keeping up with new learning styles as well.
  3. Time Management: With teachers having to cover more materials and and take on more responsibility, it’s critical to use every minute efficiently. Planning for breaks as well as lessons can help classrooms stay on schedule consistently.
  4. Tech Fundamentals: Learning how to search the web effectively is a great way for educators to find the best results.
  5. Patience: Patience has been critical for educators from the beginning of time, but it’s never been more important than in today's time.
  6. Team Work: When class sizes are large and resources scarce, it’s important for teachers to work with each other. Educators throughout the school or across the web can work together to get better results in their own classrooms.
  7. Organization: Organizing everything from digital lesson plan files to physical classroom materials will always pay off in the long run.
  8. Creativity: Just because many schools have greater curriculum restrictions doesn’t mean that teachers can’t still have fun with it. Students will appreciate creative ways to prepare for their exams that meet multiple learning styles at once.
  9. Constant Learning: Teachers can use the numerous online resources for educators to stay up on the newest trends in their field.
  10. Healthy Parent Communication: Whether it's the school websites, a Remind account, or an email, parents and teachers have a more open line of communication than ever before. Educators should be sure to have a plan with the school for healthy communication policies.

Monday Reflections with Students: Jeremiah Roberson

Monday Reflections with Jeremiah Roberson

What are you liking the most about BHS right now?
I like having more freedom.

What lesson have you enjoyed the most in your classes?
In English, I enjoyed going over Romeo & Juliet (Dr. Marley's Class).

What technology tool do you most like using in class?
Quizlet Live in Spanish (Mr. Guzman's Class)

What is one thing that you appreciate when teachers do?
I appreciate when teachers actually ask if you are struggling and ask if you comprehend what they are teaching.

In the past week, what is one new concept to you that you learned in class?
We have been learning how to write an expository essay.

What are you looking forward to this school year?
I am looking forward to becoming a sophomore.

What are your plans after high school?
Go to college ASAP (not procrastinate).