Ptlls Self Assessment

Approaches to Learning
There are many approaches to learning that have been put forward. Some of the more popular approaches are:
  * Experiential Learning – David Kolb
  * VAK - Dunn & Dunn
  * Multiple Intelligences – Howard Gardner
  * Activist, Reflectivist, Theorist, Pragmatist – Honey & Mumford
The relevant approaches that I feel fit most appropriately to my learners are the VAK and Experiential Learning approaches.
I feel the VAK approach is particularly suitable to my learners because each of them only have the ability to focus for a short period of time. By using the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approach I almost force myself to make a lesson that is full of much more variety. I have to offer a variety of different learning experiences in order to keep the focus and concentration of my learners for as long as possible, whilst making the session fun and interesting.   I believe, from the learning theory, this is partly what Dunn & Dunn wanted to achieve for learners.
The Experiential Learning approach is suitable as it fits in very well with the curriculum we offer at the centre. The curriculum we have is based on ‘experiencing’ the learning which we achieve through the same stages in each task. These stages are planning, doing and reviewing. This seems to follow Kolb’s 4 stage cycle quite closely:
  1. Concrete Experience - Feeling
  2. Reflective Observation - Watching
  3. Abstract Conceptualization - Thinking
  4. Active Experimentation – Doing
Again I feel this would work well for my learners as ideally you hit all bases but you can begin in the cycle at any point. This approach brings flexibility and is very suited for my learners.
The learning approach I used in my micro teach was almost certainly Dunn & Dunn’s VAK. For me this is an important approach as it encourages me to be flexible and have a lesson full of variety. I tried to achieve this in my micro teach by offering the use of several different...