More than likely, some students are focused on the content and others are looking around, fidgeting with their clothes, or talking to a friend about what's for lunch.I've learned that it can be hard to get a whole classroom of kindergartners engaged in a lesson, asking questions, discussing, and excited to participate because students learn in different ways.
These concepts included: beginning sounds, uppercase to lowercase matching, and number identification using mathematical concepts like tally marks, base ten blocks, fingers, and ten frames.
I've learned that regardless of their learning style, students learn best when you give them the freedom to work at their own pace and provide a number of hands-on, multisensory activities.
Some students need to move around, some need visuals, and some may need a catchy song or phrase to learn the content.
As a kindergarten teacher, I'm constantly aware of how I'm presenting the kindergarten curriculum.
, writes, "Provide an uncommon experience for your students and they will reward you with an uncommon effort and attitude." As a kindergarten teacher, I follow this advice when it comes to meeting the various learning styles of my students.
For example, I was able to cater to the different learning styles of my students by creating an uncommon experience and transforming my classroom into a spy headquarters.
Then foster engagement by providing a unique experience, allowing them plenty of time to complete activities, and taking a multisensory approach.
Chad Boender is a teacher blogger and author of Male Kindergarten Teacher, a blog focused on curriculum-based projects and children's crafts.
This high level of engagement will help hold their attention and keep them focused on the task at hand—even if there are distractions.