I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now - by Julia Smith
learning? Before I came to Blue Sky School, I was only ever exposed to one type of learning style. That
was the teacher at the front of the classroom explaining a concept and then giving us a worksheet. This
worked for me. I didn't have any trouble learning this way, but I was bored. This stunted my creativity.
I never felt like I had an opportunity to take my work to the next level or challenge myself. It was the
same thing day after day.
learned that there are actually many different ways of learning. At Blue Sky we don’t call our “teachers”
teachers, we call them coaches. Something that our coaches say a lot is, “Everyone learns in
different ways on different days.” I was really excited to discover what type of learner I was, and how
I learned on different days on different ways .
this theory has been disproven, but there are parts of it that still resonate with me.
learning style. I think I have always preferred this style of learning. As I mentioned before, I did well
in the traditional school setting, because my teachers would give us worksheets. Some of the students
in my old school seemed to struggle. Maybe this wasn't their preferred learning style?
concept. I read up on how to do it and practice it with the page in front of me to correct myself. If I do
something wrong or get stuck on a question, I can just look back on the page and re-read the part that
I am having trouble with. This is more efficient than having someone explain it because I do not prefer
auditory learning. I can't really rewind their voice, but If I am reading, I can look back at what I am
having trouble with.
listening to music while they were working so I decided I would try it too. Listening to music didn't just
work for me, it actually helped improve the speed at which I could think.
differently. For example, when I am listening to upbeat pop songs, I tend to be more stimulated and type
faster. When I listen to slower more meaningful music, I am calm, focused and tend to generate good
ideas. There has actually been a scientific study to see if music helps you learn. They discovered
something called the “Mozart Effect” ( Conducted by Nick Davis) throughout this research they
concluded that listening to music could enhance intelligence, improve memorization skills and could
improve focus on a task by providing a motivational and inspiring mood.
4 main learning styles. If my teacher in my traditional school only spoke and never gave us reading or
writing tasks, I probably wouldn't have done so well. At Blue Sky we are encouraged by our coaches to
try different learning styles to find out what type of learner we are. Often when the coaches teach they do
the following, they provide visual representations for visual learners, they say the information to
accommodate auditory learners, they will provide you with a document or notes for people that prefer
reading/writing learners and we will sometimes use our bodies in workshops to accommodate to people
that prefer kinesthetic learning. Here are just a few other examples of ways that the coaches incorporate
all of the preferred learning styles:
teachers should include all learning styles in some way so every child can learn in their preferred learning