Thursday, June 21, 2007
More learning styles
The four characters in the sit-com Seinfeld represent aspects of the four basic learning styles.
Kramer - the intuitive and creative thinker.
Jerry - the logical thinker.
Elaine - the caring emotional individual.
George - the procedural and practical.
The four styles: the head - the thinker; the hand - the practical; the mind's eye - the imaginative; and the heart - the caring person
Of course no one is a pure style and, if they were, they would be interesting people indeed! Dr Spock, in Star trek, represents the pure unemotional logical style - he would make an interesting School Review Officer! We are all our own special mix but we do have preferences, as do all our students.
Just imagine a school run by any one of the Seinfeld cast.
Kramer's school would be different - full of 'off the wall' ideas. George's would be boring ( or is that my bias?) and Elaine's all a bit emotional. Possibly Jerry would be the best bet but he would aways be worrying about it was going all the time. Perhaps he would make a better ERO officer than Dr Spock! Personally I would like ERO full of Kramer's to compensate for the present lot!
It is pretty obvious that the style of a leader influences the direction of the school ( for better or worse) and the best situation would to have input from a diverse team to ensure all points of view were represented.
In a class the teachers style can equally be the limiting factor - it is important for teachers to plan activities with the four basic styles in mind.
This was the point of my previous blog.