Kinesthetic Learners

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A Look at Kinesthetic Learners:

Kinesthetic learners typically learn best by doing. They are naturally good at physical activities like sports and dance. They enjoy learning through hands-on methods. They typically like how-to guides and action-adventure stories. They might pace while on the phone or take breaks from studying to get up and move around. Some may seem fidgety, having a hard time sitting still in class.

Key Learning Methods:

Kinesthetic learners learn best through doing including manipulating items, simulations and role plays, and other methods for presenting subject matter that physically involve them in the learning process. They enjoy and learn well from experimenting and first hand experience. Further, they learn best when activities are varied during a class period.

Ways to Adapt Lessons:

Vary instruction not only from day-to-day but also within a single class period. Provide students with as many opportunities as your curriculum warrants to complete hands-on work. Allow students to role-play to gain further understanding of key concepts. Provide students with the opportunity to work in small discussion groups as they study materials. If possible, plan a field trip that can help reinforce key concepts. Allow students to stretch partially through the class if they seem to become restless.

Other Learning Styles:

Visual Learners

Auditory Learners

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Kelly, Melissa. "Kinesthetic Learners." ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020, Kelly, Melissa. (2020, August 27). Kinesthetic Learners. Retrieved from Kelly, Melissa. "Kinesthetic Learners." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 24, 2023).