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If you’ve spent any amount of time in a classroom setting, you probably know that different students have different learning styles. Some are more visual learners and need things such as pictures or charts to properly grasp a concept, while others can learn something if they are told about it in a lecture. Others still are more tactile learners who need to actually perform a physical task to understand what is being taught. Naturally, you’ll see several different learning styles at once in the same classroom, so you need to learn how to accommodate these styles if you want to reach your students. Here are some tips that should help you.

Get to Know Your Students

First of all, you need to get to know your students and familiarize yourself with how they learn. This is something that will come to you in time; you obviously won’t know how to teach all of your students on the first day of class. To get an idea of how to reach all of your students, experiment with different teaching styles and activities to see how your students respond to them. Read stories to them, assign simple writing projects, and plan some fun activities that might bring out your students’ artistic sides. You’ll figure out what works best for your students as time goes by.

Let Students Work at Their Own Pace

Every student works at their own pace, and even those who move slowly can still complete their work as long as you let them keep working. If you find that you have a student who really is having trouble keeping up with the rest of the class, talk to them and find out what you can do to make it easier for them. It could be that you just haven’t stumbled onto their preferred learning style. They probably need to learn this for themselves too, so be patient with them, and don’t try to force them to work faster just to keep up with their peers.

Make It Fun

Finally, try to make your classroom a fun environment. Yes, your students are there to learn and grow, but they will be more likely to keep up with any work you give them if they are enjoying themselves. Remember that children learn through play, and you both might learn something about them if they’re having fun and paying attention.

No matter how you decide to teach your students, remember that no one is incapable of learning and growing in the classroom. Be patient with your students, even those who are having trouble. They can learn as long as you find a way to teach them that works.