Teach the Way They Learn

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
~ Ignacio Estrada

It sounds so simple, doesn't it? 

And yet, if we look closely at our classrooms, we may see that this is just not always happening. There continue to be teachers who expect all of their students to move at the same pace, teachers who rarely vary their teaching style and teachers who continue to struggle to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Judaism echoes Estrada’s quote: “Teach a child according to his/her own way,” Proverbs 22:6.

So how do we do it? In writing What’s Your Learning Style? I explored the value of understanding one’s own preferred modality of learning as well as those of our students. This could be a first step in transforming a learning environment into a place where every child flourishes.

And yet, teachers in many Jewish supplemental schools are often more likely to struggle with the concept of meeting each individual student’s needs. Unlike those teachers who see their students daily for an hour or more, teachers in most synagogue schools are pressed to transmit meaningful content in less than two hours a week. 

Wouldn’t having limited contact hours with your students be MORE of an argument in favor of teaching to a student’s preferred modality? 

So where do we go from here?  

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