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Identifying Your Students Learning Styles

  1. Learning theory - Behaviorism vs Cognitive Theory

  2. A large number of factors influence learning:

    1. Background

    2. Culture

    3. Values

    4. Importance

    5. Abilities

    6. Threats

    7. Learning Styles

  3. Basic VAK learners.  Everyone is at least one and sometimes more than one of these:

    1. Visual

    2. Auditory

    3. Kinesthetic

  4. In a classroom setting, use different modalities of the VAK to give each learner a chance to get it.

  5. Left Brain/Right Brain theory:

    1. Left - Analytical, logical, prefers a step-by-step or building block approach.  Learning is predictable and sequential.

    2. Right - Emotional, Impulsive - Prefers a holistic approach, seeing the whole picture and then figuring out what parts fit where.  Learning occurs in chunks.

  6. Index of Learning Styles - Myers Brigg Study (1962.)

    1. Caregivers

    2. Reflective

    3. Impulsive

    4. And more….  It has mostly been shot down as legitimate, but there is some truth to these classifications.

  7. Motivation is the number one factor in learning.  Always provide a solid motivation for the lesson and how the lesson relates to the overall goal.

  8. Learners usually prefer “Concept Learning.”  Learning with practical scenarios and problems that are likely encountered or could be encountered.

  9. Use YouTube, but not unvetted videos.  There are too many 250-hour experts, and some have no real credibility.  Some videos, though, are good.  4K Downloader will allow you to keep them locally.  It also works for Facebook videos.

  10. Practice types:  Deliberate, blocked, and random.  Try blocked and random sometimes.

  11. In flight, teaching a maneuver comes down to four things.  It’s Sausage Making.  You don’t want to know what goes inside so long as it looks like a sausage when done.  Steep turns - Sausage making:

    1. Explain - Preflight Briefing

    2. Demonstrate - Show in the air and explain what you are doing

    3. Student Practice - Allow students to make errors and correct them.  Don’t jump on the controls unless the action is unsafe or the learner is frustrated.

    4. Evaluation - Post-flight critique

      1. Replay - Assess that you and the learner agree with what happened.

      2. Redirect - What would you have done differently?

      3. What was easy, and what was hard?

      4. How does this relate to other flying you have done?

  12. Ask your learner how they learn something on their own.

  13. Ask your learners what teacher they learned from the best.  What did they do differently?

  14. Before going to the airplane, just after the preflight briefing, have the learner use a model airplane and describe how to do the maneuver or procedure.

  15. The law of Intensity.  Use a flight training device to develop patterns and procedures.  If the pitch is too sensitive, freeze the altitude.

  16. Ask the learner what media they prefer to learn from—video, audio (some prefer this to speed up the narration), Reading, etc.  Identify sources within their preferred media.

  17. Assess the learner to see both how they are grasping information and also how effective or not your teaching is.

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