A Multisensory Approach to Learning VS A Traditional Approach
What is the Difference ?
A multisensory approach to teaching & learning is UNLIKE the traditional one. In a typical traditional classroom setting, teaching and learning usually takes on this approach; students usually use one sense at a time:
When the teacher is teaching (vocally) , they use their sense of hearing (auditory sense) while,
When they are reading the subject matter or looking at pictures and diagrams, they use their sense of sight (visual sense).
The multisensory approach promotes learning by making use of the students various senses. These senses include sight (visual), hearing (auditory), movement( kinesthetic ), tactile (touch), taste and smell.
* The multisensory approach may not be easy to apply in larger classrooms
Lets look at the two different approaches in ACTION
The Traditional Approach
(obtained from youtube: as a sample)
THE FIRST VIDEO
In this video, 2 SENSES WERE USED, the students use their sense of hearing as well as sight. This is because the teacher in the video not only spoke, but she wrote and drew at the same time.
The Multisensory Approach
(A recording of 1 example of how we use the multisensory approach on our little STAR in Louis Center)
THE SECOND VIDEO
Here, the student received instructions verbally (auditory) as well as through sight (the questions were written on the piece of paper) as the same time.
This immediately followed by him using his sense of movement and touch: the act of DOING and TOUCHING .
This whole process is repeated again for every sum on the paper ( seeing, hearing, doing, and touching).