The Different Benefits Of Kinesthetic Or Hands-On Learning
- Jul 24, 2017
Different children have different learning styles. There are some who respond well to the visual method of learning, some who respond well to auditory forms and then there are the ones who respond well to the kinesthetic form of learning.
To sum up, I can say that there are specifically three form of learning (auditory, visual and tactile) and different students react differently to them. But in this article, we’ll talk specifically about kinesthetic learning in general. We’ll look into the different ways through which it can benefit students in general. So let’s begin without further ado.
Kinesthetic learning helps students connect with the real world
One of the major problems faced by students in lessons is the fact that they are seldom able to connect their lessons with the real world.
Hands-on learning can fix this problem to a certain extent by giving them a platform to solve problems from a practical point of view. This makes learning more enlightening and more gratifying which is a definite upside indeed.
Kinesthetic learning improves critical thinking abilities
Having a sound critical thinking ability is the key to solving problems in real life.
Kinesthetic learning can help to develop such skills in students which are something that can help them immensely in the long run.
Kinesthetic learning can help to create the maximum impression on students
“Learning by examples”- This is the only way through which one might be able to create the maximum impression on students in general. And as far as kinesthetic learners are concerned, this form of tactile learning works the best of all.
Hands-on learning also allows students to observe as well as understand things that are happening all around them. So, to sum up, if you really want to create the maximum impression on students as a teacher, this should be your way to go.
Kinesthetic learning also helps to ensure that information is retained for an extended period of time
“You hear, you forget
You see, you remember”
It’s a simple saying indeed but the message is as clear as daylight. If you see something, you remember it more for an extended period of time. The same thing is applicable in case of kinesthetic learning. Improved information retention is definitely one of the biggest benefits of kinesthetic learning.
Hands-on learning makes students ready for the professional world
Textual learning isn’t everything. You need to know the different ways through which you will be apply your textual knowledge in the real world to maximize your efficiency in the best possible manner.
Hands-on learning gives students the opportunity to do exactly that. Thus, they become ready to face the real world well before they pass into adulthood. If this is not a benefit, I seriously don’t know what is.
Best examples of hands-on learning
So we have already gone through the benefits of hands-on learning that are highlighted above. It’s time we look at a few examples. Here are a few for your reference:
Using tactile puzzles and games for teaching various concepts of mathematics to the kids. Mathematics is considered troublesome by most students because of the abstract nature of the subject. Hands-on learning can definitely help them out in such situations.
Learning from educational tours and excursions. By experiencing something in real life, students will be able to find true meaning in the written words in their text books. Small things like that can go a long way indeed.
Kindergarten students can use abacus as a hands-on form of learning. The tactic works you know.
Kindergarten students can also learn counting from various daily life objects such as coins, cars etc. Your imagination is your only limitation as far as this point is concerned. There are tons of things in real life that can come in handy for this purpose of yours.
Last but not the least, simple daily life science experiments can also be a form of kinesthetic learning if they are done in the right way. They don’t require chemicals or a whole of equipments. Simple real life objects are enough for the job. Here are two examples for your reference. Apart from these, there are countless examples on YouTube. Refer to them at your convenience.
So that’s it then. It’s time I bring this article to a close for now. Hope you had a good and useful read.
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