Different Learning Styles
It is important that the students know about their individual learning styles and peculiarities at an early age so that they can continue to monitor their own learning environments and choose appropriate methods of learning and thinking.
Reid (2003) uses Vygotsky's model of cognition (learning how to do things) and metacognition (learning how we learn), to emphasize how important it is to look at "not only cognitive, with-in child factors but also how the child's understanding of language and learning is mediated by the learning context and the classroom environment." (P.191) Reid quotes Burden (2002) who suggests that the cultural and social context within which learning takes place is crucial in mediating how a child learns. So, maybe we can make it easier for the SLD students to learn, just by listening to what and how they need to learn.
The things that help me learn are listening and being shown and actually doing
things, like science. Sometimes I can remember what I've heard but if there's notes
about it I can understand it a lot more.
Nicki, aged 11