Learning Myths (from NPR)

Fun little quiz. I remember hearing quite a lot about learning styles, and it’s been pretty thoroughly debunked recently. That said, I think this quote from the learning styles article is worth heeding:

Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI school in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, who is soon to take over as general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said he hoped the age of neuromyths was over.

“I think the fad about learning styles faded long ago, and I would be surprised if many schools continued to subscribe to the approach. That said, the notion of making teaching and learning more varied in classrooms is helpful and likely to motivate a wider range of students,” he said.

So while the learning styles concept isn’t really useful, it’s still good to mix it up in the classroom to keep students engaged and empower them in different skillsets. One area this matters is group vs. individual learning – important skills can be gained in each. Digital projects offer new methods for expression of ideas, but that doesn’t mean the traditional papers are going away.

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