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Top 3 Ways to Teach Kinesthetic Learners

November 26, 2023

This is part three of a series about the elements of a presentation that should be included for the three types of learners.  Previously, we covered auditory learners (those who learn by hearing) and visual learners (those who learn by visual elements).  Kinesthetic learners, also known as tactile learners, thrive when they can actively participate and engage in the learning process. These learners benefit from hands-on activities and physical movement to help them understand and retain information. To support the unique needs of kinesthetic learners, here are the three ways to teach them effectively:

  1. Hands-On Experiments and Activities: Kinesthetic learners learn best when they can engage in hands-on experiences. Incorporate experiments, simulations, and interactive activities that allow them to touch, feel, and explore concepts. For example, when explaining a concept, set up a scenario that requires your learners to solve the scenario based on the learned concept.  They will engage in the activity, but will fine tune based on your feedback.
  2. Role-Play: Role-playing helps learners connect with the content on a deeper level and allows them to physically experience different scenarios.  Traditionally, training focuses on mistakes and things NOT to do.  Role-Playing offers the viewpoint of when something is done right. For instance, pairing off the learners to practice conducting one-on-one conversations is more effective than giving a list of what not to do.
  3. Gamify Learning: Kinesthetic learners thrive in interactive and competitive environments. Gamify learning by turning lessons into games or incorporating educational board games. This approach allows them to engage in friendly competition and challenges, making the learning experience more enjoyable and memorable. Whether it’s a quiz-style game or a physical activity-based game, incorporating elements of play can greatly enhance their learning experience.  Some examples for the classroom and online are Kahoot! and Slack.

Most adults will say that they learn better by “doing” things, but that might not be the case. However, most learners will identify with practicing something first or experiencing it in action, which makes Kinesthetic focuses in training and development very attractive to most. Teaching kinesthetic learners requires a thoughtful and interactive approach that caters to their unique learning style. By incorporating hands-on activities, role-playing, and gamification, presenters can effectively engage kinesthetic learners, leading to improved understanding and retention of information.

Remember, every learner is unique, so it’s essential to provide a variety of teaching strategies to cater to their diverse needs.  Typically, a presentation should have a presenter live or recorded (auditory), a visual such as PowerPoint or a job-related handout (visual), and an activity or a way for the learner to interact with the presentation (kinesthetic). As always, ASE is available for any consults or resources. Good luck!!!

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By Clifton Clarke, courtesy of SBAM-approved partner, ASE

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