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Learning Styles? Forget it.

There are moments in ones career that just stop you in your tracks. So was it when I read this NPR piece about learning styles.

Here's what Doug Rohrer, a psychologist at the University of South Florida found after reviewing studies of learning styles - there is no real evidence that they matter. Psychologist Dan Willingham at the University of Virginia, goes so far to say that we don't need to tailor instruction to different kinds of learners.

Does that mean you shouldn't work to incorporate engaging visuals in your classroom? Does that mean you shouldn't bother having students break into paired discussions? No, we as teachers know that these techniques keep people's attention and help them process information.

I just find it amazing that there is NO good evidence that supports learning theories. Live and learn. Chalk this up to yet another paradigm shifting under our feet?

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