I’ve spent a lot of time over the years discovering my, my Hubby’s, and my children’s learning styles. I’m a visual learner who also learns by doing and one-on-one. Hubby learns through reading. Not surprisingly, we have one of each when it comes to our girls.
I use learning style theory when I develop my courses to teach new rug hookers. Children are given the hoop and hook right away, and fibre to play with. They instinctively love the feel of something different in their hands.
Adults seem to need an introduction…well some of them do. Those ones that prefer lectures and reading perhaps. When I teach a class I prepare handouts for the readers, talking for the auditory learners, and I waste no time putting fibre, hook and hoop in hand for the tactile learners in the crowd. By catering to different and multiple learning styles in the group there is a greater chance of retention and a faster pace of learning.
I also provide a list of resources that includes websites, YouTube videos, links to sites that have online courses, and good ol’ books. That way learning can continue once my students leave my class.
My beginner classes are two hours long in which you learn to hook a 6″ square star mat or wall hanging. If you’re in the area or visiting, and interested in a beginner traditional rug hooking class, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org