Learning Styles in Sunday School

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Learning Styles

"God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well."
Romans 12:6a NLT

Multiple Talents = Multiple Ways to Learn

  • There are many ways to learn

  • We all learn in each of those ways

  • We each have some stronger and some weaker learning styles

  • These styles are not mutually exclusive

  • We can practice a style that is not our strength to improve it

  • We can weaken a style by ignoring it or having it squelched

  • These are artificial categories to help us see ways that personalities differ

Win-Win Situation

  • Helps each student learn

  • Helps reinforce the lesson in different ways

  • Helps develop their weaker styles

  • Helps us prepare the lesson

  • More fun!

Incorporating Styles


Good At:

  • Writing

  • Verbal Expression

  • Nuance of Meaning


  • Words

  • Reading

  • Storytelling

  • Writing

Learns By:

  • Reciting

  • Hearing

  • Reading

  • Following written instructions

Prevent Problems:

  • Write it down

  • Have them recite

  • Mean what you say (e.g. sarcasm)

Logical - Mathematical

Good At:

  • Problem-solving

  • Math

  • Reasoning



  • Patterns

  • Numbers

  • Relationships


Prevent Problems:

  • Acknowledge right or wrong answers

  • Dont discourage students from "pigeon-holing" some concepts or people, they are probably not being prejudiced


Good At:

  • Musical memory

  • Making and manipulating sound



  • Sounds

  • Rhythm

  • Melody

  • Singing


Prevent Problems:

  • Channel sound-making to the benefit of the lesson

  • Have them create tunes

  • Allow some variations to the "norm"

Visual / Spatial

Good At:

  • Mapping

  • Charting

  • Sculpting

  • Modeling



  • Drawing

  • Building

  • Designing

  • Visualizing


Prevent Problems:

  • Visual Aids

  • Use color to differentiate

  • Use 3D Objects

  • Dont require them to sit still all through class


Good At:

  • Empathizing

  • Leading

  • Communicating

  • Negotiating



  • Interacting

  • Talking

  • Teams

  • Imagining Another


Good At:

  • Self-analysis

  • Introspection

  • Application

  • Feelings



  • Working alone

  • Quietness

  • Independent work


Prevent Problems

  • Channel the extroverts

  • Monitor Noise

  • Give choices between group and individual work

  • Give them time to process information


Much of the material presented here was taught by Dr. Vickie Owens and presented in 1994 to the Southside church of Christ teachers.

Revised and Presented by Kim Dailey 4/23/05 averages 7,000+ pageviews daily from teachers all over the world

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