North Baltimore, Ohio

July 15, 2024 10:23 pm

The District Update – Water Shed
BVHS New Womens Health
Need A Chiropractor
Logo & Info Aug 2023
Amplex Fiber June 2024
Sept. 2023
Size Update
Temporary
Ol’ Jenny
OB You’re Expecting
June 2023 Left Rail
Logo
Sept. 2023
Resize

Parenting Press: Thinking Styles Impact Learning

Tip—When we are taught in our preferred thinking styles, learning is much easier and more fulfilling.

Link to book description

If you have a school-aged child, you’ve probably been called upon to help her solve a math problem, start a large project, or explain an assignment. Does it always go well? For many of us, the answer is absolutely not. As Shari Steelsmith, one Parenting Press author, reports: “I have traditionally had trouble ‘teaching’ my son anything academic. He argues with me, questions my grasp of facts, and often refuses to take my advice. It ends up being frustrating for both of us.”

After reading Susie Weller’s book, Why Don’t You Understand? Improve Family Communication with the 4 Thinking Styles, Steelsmith decided her family’s issue might be largely due to the difference in thinking styles. (A brief outline of the four dominant thinking styles, Logical, Practical, Relational and Creative, can be found here.)

Weller, a college professor, points out that the diagonal opposites (Practical and Creative) and (Logical and Relational) often have the most trouble with each other when it comes to teaching and learning. A Practical parent who tries to teach a Creative child often gives too many directions and frustrates the child who prefers an overview.

A Logical parent gets annoyed when he explains the material in a clear and precise way, but the Relational child still doesn’t get it; instead of explaining it another way, he usually repeats what he’s said more forcefully. When this doesn’t work, he blames the child for not trying hard enough.

What happens in both these scenarios is that a frustrated child shuts down when emotions start to run high.

Tools—Weller says we can stop this negative cycle by teaching our children in their preferred learning style. Here are a few tips.

A. Logical Learners

  • Need a reason to learn the material
  • Like facts to be precise

Challenges:

  • Like to argue and debate points of view
  • Become impatient if they can’t learn it quickly
D. Creative Learners

  • Need to explore and experiment
  • Like to imagine, “What if?”
  • Want to know how things fit together

Challenges:

  • Become bored easily
  • Dislike rules and details
  • Struggle to focus and complete projects
B. Practical Learners

  • Need time to practice new learning
  • Like step-by-step procedures
  • Want practical applications

Challenges:

  • Dislike feeling rushed to complete tasks
  • Become stressed with surprise quizzes
C. Relational Learners

  • Become restless with too much lecture
  • Enjoy group learning
  • Want encouragement

Challenges:

  • Find logical analysis difficult
  • Prefer stories about real people
  • Need personal attention to perform well

You’ll find more practical tips you can use right now in Why Don’t You Understand? Improve Family Communication with the 4 Thinking Styles by Susie Leonard Weller.

Resize
Size Update
Sept. 2023
Sept. 2023
Logo & Info Aug 2023
June 2023 Left Rail
Temporary
Breast Cancer Treatment Rail Ad
OB You’re Expecting
Logo
Briar Hill Health Update
Ol’ Jenny

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

NBX powered by PANDA Technologies
NBLS Website