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Jarsawyer_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Jul 27 2004 - 09:41:27 PDT


I had a couple of questions re: the Kaleidoscope tool that we use for
interpreting learning styles of teachers and students.

There are three different areas of learning styles that are assessed:
sensory preferences
perceptual and organizational styles
temperament styles
The temperament styles are derived from Jung's theory of "archetypes" and 50
years of research. This section of the profile is similar to the Myers-Briggs
type indicator.

What's different about our learning style inventory is the more exacting
breakdown of the sensory preferences. We include "tactual" (which happens to be
my learning style) with the more often recognized "kinesthetic", "auditory" and
"visual".

What I find most impressive is the way we are able to break down preferred
learning environments for students as well as risk factors (what they are
stressed by), discipline issues and how best to raise esteem.

Our profile also covers areas observed in each learning style including:
reading, spelling, memory, imagery, distractibility, problem solving, response to
periods of inactivity, response to new solutions, emotionality, communication
and general appearance.

This summer I've taken the online class on Learning Styles and it will
definitely change how I approach several of my students and how I arrange my room
and structure my block with each class.

If any of you are interested, visit our website, take the online Kaleidoscope
(or I'll send you a packet) and then I'll interpret your learning style for
you (for free). It's fun! And, I think, very revealing.

Thanks for your interest. Let me know if I can help.

Julie

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Julie Sawyer, M.Ed.
Educational Services Consultant
Performance Learning Systems http://www.plsweb.com
413.665.2776
413.221.1695
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