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Multi-Sensory Learning

Diverse learners need diverse teaching strategies.

Our teachers, whether in the science classroom or the mathematics classroom, use multi-sensory instruction, that is instruction using two or more senses, to move content knowledge from remembering and understanding to analysis and application. The four multi-sensory instructional pathways are:

Auditory (sense of hearing)
Visual (sense of sight)
Tactile (sense of touch or fine motor movement)
Kinesthetic (body movement or gross motor movement)

Students who learn using two or more senses, cement their learning in their long-term memory, allowing them to access more successfully retrieval cues to trigger memory, which in turn helps their learning “stick.” 

For example, in a math classroom, students may explore how geometry is used in the real world by planning extensions to the school. They can look for specific shapes and their measurements to understand how geometry can be used to construct the planned extensions. Students encode information by using their senses. 

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