Learning styles and Differentiated Assignments
by Hall of Fame teacher Alan Haskvitz

There is no shortage of research on how people learn. Indeed, people have become rich just developing theories about this important element of learning. However, in a classroom packed with students it is often difficult to provide enough alternative types of assignments to reach everyone. Thus this feature is best used to help educate the students to learn about themselves and how they learn. An excellent feature to use at the beginning of a learning term. Be advised that some of this material is complex and so a critical eye is needed when selecting that information most appropriate for various grade levels. Of note, the greater use of technology can make it much easier to adjust assignments accordingly.

Once you have reviewed the various aspects of differentiated learning you may want to sample Awesome Stories https://www.awesomestories.com/ where can find a variety of ways to teach a lesson using the resources there. For example, take a look at the variety listed here: https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/For-Teachers-Awesome-Stories-101 These ideas can be used to reach every level of student and motivate them while meeting Common Core goals.

Printout identifying eight learning styles
This could be printed out and placed in the classroom to help students learn how to learn.

Howard Gardner’s Types of Intelligences
Gives examples of how to relate to different styles of learning

This site is designed for students to explore their own learning style

Sideshow providing information on how to apply differentiated learning and various styles

Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, and Differentiated Instruction
Links to these topics and self-tests.

Homework tips for different learning styles
The information is at the bottom of this site.

Knowledge of Student Characteristics
The first part of this article provides information that provides some interesting data that can help teachers with assignments including what time of day and right and left brain differences.
Using Felder’s Index of Learning Styles
A sideshow explaining this theory. An excellent overview that provides teachers with insights into various methods to reach students.

A Moodle about Moodle
This is a tool that teachers can use to individualize lessons and provide more direct feedback. It fits into the various types of learning styles feature by making it easier for teachers to provide differentiated learning opportunities.