The anxiety levels of the average high school student today matches those of the average individual committed to a mental health hospital in the 1950s. More and more students feel the classroom is not the right place for them; this shouldn’t surprise anybody. The traditional American public school classroom caters to a very specific type of learner, a learner that is by no one’s standards, the majority. Schools revel the outgoing, extroverted, group worker and classwork revolves around supporting this type of student. While the others, introverted and kinesthetic learners are labeled as “unmotivated” or “hyperactive.”
The truth is that everyone learns differently. Some school kids find that they work best in solitary settings (intrapersonal), others do well when they talk it out (verbal, interpersonal) while others still are spatial learners (visual) relying on pictures and images for understanding.
An innovative and flexible approach to the classroom environment would encompass more than one learning style and could greatly improve the learning experience of millions of students. Take a look at this infographic and tell us what you think in the comments!