Multisensory teaching gets results!
Multisensory teaching programmes are designed to enable learners to grasp knowledge using not one of their senses, but as many as possible.
Did you know that most classroom teaching is best suited to auditory learners? That there is usually more talk than chalk?
It is an established fact that all learners have individual learning styles. The three main types of learner are often classified as
Visual and kinaesthetic learners often struggle when their teachers are teaching in a way that is most appropriate to auditory learners.
Multisensory learning takes place when a teacher presents learning objectives and learning materials in such a way that students can learn by seeing, hearing, touching (hands - on) and saying (oral kinaesthetic).
Mathematics, geography, art and design, science, history, computer skills and many other subjects can be taught in a multisensory way.
Making models, learning from charts and diagrams, creating mind maps etc. can all inspire the visual or kinaesthetic learner. Teachers of all subjects owe it to their pupils to deliver knowledge in as multisensory a manner as possible.
For those who have fallen behind, a phonic multisensory teaching programme which is highly structured and cumulative is the most effective option. Using as many senses as possible in the attempt to learn what has previously been thought impossible frequently bears much fruit.
Multisensory learning for improving literacy is not new. It has been very successfully implemented for over half a century, though sadly there are still many who could have benefitted enormously, but have lacked the opportunity.