You walk into your child’s school and you find kids running from place to place. Or, you enter and you find students bored because the teacher is lecturing. In both of these incidences there are some very specific things happening with the learning environment. In some cases, some students will benefit from one type of learning environment more so than another. It is a good thing, then, that there are different things happening.
Children who are transforming learners have a specific learning type that requires a much more loose learning environment. In this case, the individual needs to be able to manage learning in his or her own way in a mentoring type of environment.
On the other hand, the conforming learner needs much more structure. This type of learner needs things to be simple, safe and a low risk environment in order to learn at his or her best level. It takes more structure in this environment than in any other.
The performing learner falls in between. This type of learning needs some structure but not ultimate structure. This person needs creative opportunity but needs guidance in that area, too.
So, which one of these learning structures is best for your student? It may be that your student needs some of each one. In most cases, a student does not fall into just one specific learning environment structure, but will benefit from having more options. Some may learn math better by having a block in his or her hand to teach the concept. Other students may need to be more creative when exploring a subject like history.
Finding the way to connect your child is learning is a challenge, but it can also be a good process to take. Doing so will open the door for your child to find the type of learning he or she needs to achieve goals. Focus on structure.