Environments for learning

October 6, 2018

Children are all wired to process information differently and there are so many nuances and variables between each nature and how they prefer to learn. Some prefer conceptual, abstract information whereas others need concrete, factual information. 

High movement children (Social and Strong) learn better in groups, whereas
Low movement children (Sensitive and Structured) generally learn better in a quiet independent setting. 

 

When choosing a learning environment for your child, consider the following:

 

• Social Natured Children learn best when they can innovate, problem solve and collaborate ideas with others. They need opportunities to get up and move around while learning. The prefer to connect, then disconnect. Focusing intensely for short bursts of time. 

• Strong Natured Children learn best when they can move, react, respond, and experiment. They prefer to be taught through hands-on application in real-world/career settings, and thrive in environments where they can lead and teach others.

•Sensitive Natured Child learns best when they can work at their own pace or, plan things out with friends or, by helping others. They need to feel seen and heard, and that their contributions are valued. Feeling rushed or pushed will be unsupportive to their learning. 

•Structured Nature Child Learn best when given a chance to reflect on what they are learning and work in a quiet, peaceful environment. They need to feel respected and given the authority over their own learning.

If children are paired with a teacher who notices their gifts, allows them to work in their style of movement and expression, and gives them what their Nature needs, then their whole school experience will be successful. 

 

Children want to please their teacher, and they want to succeed. But their survival instincts will always steer them in the direction of getting their needs met first which will always override the opportunity for learning. When you recognize the nature of your child, you can easily understand what sort of home or school environment will be supportive to your child's needs. When these needs are met, the child feels balanced and will be happy and more cooperative.

 

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