Many classes contribute to a certain type of thinker, usually students, who are quick to recall a fact when a teacher asks a question. But it’s not the only type of mind, and it’s not always the best for learning.
“Studies have shown that shy students – those who sit behind and say nothing – may be slower to learn, but in fact they are the most flexible and can be the most creative in solving problems,” said Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Auckland University. working on translating the latest brain research into practical advice for teachers and students. She even has a book she co-authored on the subject, entitled “Unusual Learning: Practical Ideas in Brain Science to Help Students Learn”.
And she argues that teachers need to think about the variety of thinking styles they have in their classrooms, and she has some tips on how to make adjustments to this. In fact, it is good advice to understand how others can see the world differently.
In this week’s EdSurge podcast, we talk to Oakley about why she believes inclusive learning means understanding students ’diversity of speeds and learning styles.