What is an Auditory Learner?
Auditory learners achieve the greatest success by learning through hearing. An auditory learner does more than simply hear something. They are in tune to tone and rhythm and associate memory with sound. If you are developing computer applications lesson plans, you need to make sure that you are addressing all types of learners with that curriculum.
How to Address Auditory Learners in Computer Applications Lesson Plans
As you develop your computer applications lesson plans, think music and rhythm. Putting curriculum to music is a fabulous way to reach your auditory learners. But maybe it’s not the most practical for a classroom full of diverse learners.
In your computer applications lesson plans, be sure to include some other effective ways to enhance comprehension for auditory learners, including narrate as you demonstrate. Do not simply demonstrate how to prepare a presentation for publication (which primarily reaches Tuesday’s topic of visual learners). Talk through the procedure as well. Other things to include in your lesson plans: Watch videos. Narrate curriculum and quiz and test questions, if possible. And don’t forget the lectures! If you enjoy the age-old method of lecture, auditory learners are your ideal audience.
What are the Best and Worst Ways to Test Auditory Learners?
Best: Oral exams or written responses to lectures.
Worst: Timed reading comprehension questions and responses.
What to Expect from Auditory Learners in the Classroom
Your auditory learners are most likely those students who speak a lot in class—appropriately by answering questions AND inappropriately by talking to other students around them. They likely are key participants in group discussions. They are your least likely students to be absent on a day they are scheduled for public speaking. You might catch them with their ear buds in and their music on. And it might be a challenge to keep these students working silently for an entire class period.
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