Kinesthetic learners are the least well served in traditional learning settings. They learn through their big muscles so they learn by doing (through body movement). The action is really important to them (they are furthest away from visual learners in that way). Kinesthetic learners may be high energy and need lots of space to move around. They also tend to work quickly and often don’t want to add a lot of detail (little interest in visual details). They are not as concerned with whether the teacher likes them. They often lack the fine motor control so they can become easily frustrated if they are asked to do detailed colouring or drawing tasks. However, it is important to remember that many professional artists are kinesthetic learners and we must make it possible for this type of learner to succeed in out class.
Instead of painting or drawing images of things, their subject-matter may be movement or sound or interaction. They may choose sculpture or installation art combining dramatic performances with their work. The teacher can help kinesthetic artists by providing a range of activities during the program, some of which involve sculptural materials. It is also helpful to provide large paper, a large tool like a felt pen and a place to stand as an alternative to fine pencil drawing on paper.
As well, the teacher will need to provide some kind of activity for kinesthetic students to do when they are finished as they work quickly and since they have a highly developed sense of fun, the teacher will want to keep them busy, for example with a tub of Lego blocks for elementary aged students to use while the other students finish their work.
- You can tell who the kinesthetic teachers are because their classrooms have lots of stuff in it! “Organized chaos”