A visual learner tends to use pictures displaysvideos and so on as learning cues; an auditory learner engages with discussion speakingmusic; while a kinesthetic learner prefers role playtripsactive work. A lesson using textbook pictures has a level of discussion and active work, such as cut and stick, which accesses the three styles.
Accelerated learning emphasises the classroom as an empowering space for learning - lots of pupil displays, visual cues and positive messages. Stress is seen as a hindrance to learning, so rooms should be safe and inspirational. Work should be "chunked" into 15 to 20-minute segments, with pupil time-outs for stretching in between. Fluid intake aids the brain, so drinking water is encouraged.
Identifying a whole class's predominant learning style can sometimes help behaviour. For example, a class of mainly auditory learners may well disrupt if their learning needs are not met. This has implications for setting of pupils by ability - why not by brain learning preference? There are a range of teaching techniques you can use to engage the styles that accelerated learning suggests inhabit a class - try them out.
Roy Watson-Davis is a teacher at Blackfen school for girls, Orpington, Kent