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Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners

They are the learners who learn by carrying out physical activities rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. Kinesthetic learners have a hand on experience of everything. An example is when a child learns to use a swing or to ride a bicycle. They are like us; they can read and listen to the instructions but to learn deeply they need to the undergo the process of doing. A kinesthetic learner always needs to be engaged in their learning. They are ‘tactile’ learners who with the help of movement, testing, trial, and errors retain information.

Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners

·         They need a multi-sensory learning environment for a deeper understanding as they learn everything by performing.

·         They are an active participant rather than a passive observer when it comes to learning.

·         They tend to try new things, touch, feel and manipulate objects. The best emotion they indicate is that of body tension.

·         They are outgoing and expressive by nature.

·         While speaking they create gestures, their listening is poor, they tend to stand close while speaking or listening, and they also quickly lose interest.

·         They have excellent physical memory. They remember names very easily but forget the faces. They learn quickly and for forever what they do as they learn.

·         They are easy to distract through sounds.

·         They enjoy using manipulatives.

·         They are gifted with interest in physical activities such as running, swimming, dancing and other sports.

·         They enjoy reading short texts, dialogues or plays. They have a keen interest to read small texts and dislike lengthy narratives. They get bored with the long descriptions.

·         They have great co-ordination of their hands and eye. They have an excellent sense of their body in space and timing. They even have quick reactions.

·         They need to move. They are not steady. They wiggle, tap, swing their legs, play with them and just can’t stay still. They learn through their body and their sense of touch. The best possible way to handle these children is to let them move. Let them do whatever they can, swing their legs, stand up, move here and there as long as they are not disturbing anyone. This will definitely improve their performance. Let them pace the floor while they are reading. Some children learn new material better this way.

·         They lose interest really quickly. They are not able to concentrate on one thing at a time. The best way to deal with this is to change locations. Make the child sit at a new place so that he engages more and likes to work there. In short change the work environment a bit. For example, let the child sit on the floor, in the veranda, balcony anywhere he/she is comfortable. Also, break his work into short spans with a break in between so that he feels a bit free. For example, make the child do his/her homework, then have a little bit of playing with him, do a physical activity of his/her choice and then again engage the child in other work. Basically, keep comprehensive teaching moments short.

·         They have difficulty in step learning. They are not able to understand the procedure really quick. Help them to visualize what they are learning. To make them understand the steps, make them dig deep into their imagination to see themselves following the steps. They are kind of visual learner who wants to be very sure and clear about the outcome before making sense of the steps and procedure to be followed. It is really helpful if the child is comfortable and comes up with his own idea of understanding the work. It’s better for the child. You can even question your child to let him/her think whether the followed steps would produce the desired outcome or not. Listen, follow and adjust with them so that they are at ease and comfort and this would definitely encourage them to do better.

·         They are not at all auditory learners. They just take in the information through body movements which later helps them to focus and remember about it. The best to do is to incorporate gesture movements. If you teach them something try to show body movements that will both mimic and shape the meaning of the thing. Visuals areof a great help in case of these learners as visuals are captured and stored in the memory in less than a second.

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