How We Teach and How They Learn, Part 6 – The Common Sense Learner

Don’t you just love it when you know someone who can take all the information you have and make something useful with it? This is the strength of the Common Sense Learner. He is able to take all the facts gathered so accurately and sequentially by the Analytic Learner and put them to good use.

Some of the characteristics of this learning style include:

  • Goal oriented – not just satisfied with facts unless they can test them
  • Excel at problem solving “how tos”
  • They live in a realistic world and not an “idea” world (concrete thinking vs. abstract)
  • They see skills as knowledge rather than facts
  • They don’t want to be given answers; they prefer to work out the solution. And here is the key, they want to be active and involved with discovering the solution.
  • They prefer to work by themselves rather than in groups (very unlike the Imaginative or Dynamic Learners)
  • They too do not like lectures! This is true of three of the four learning styles, yet most teachers insist that this is the most effective method. Well, remember next time, that
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