Tactual Learners

Tactual Learners

Tactual learners are the feelings (touchy feely/heartfelt) people. They like symbolism and they have to feel their way into projects (need to feel to do it!), so a good introduction is very important for them. It may take tactual students time to start their work as well, since they need to get the right feeling about it before they begin (sometimes they need more time because they like to go deep and add in details). Reassure them that good ideas sometimes take time to grow and give them permission to sit and listen to music, play around with ideas on scrap paper, or walk around and discuss other peoples’ ideas with them.

Tactual students need to feel that their teacher cares about them and their ideas (they will find it hard to work in a classroom in which they don’t feel valued), so if possible, give them a chance to talk about their thoughts with you or their classmates. They will be most comfortable seated in a group with quiet conversation and music. Time pressure is very stressful for tactual learners. This group has the difficulty if you show samples of the finished product that you are suggesting. They will think that to please you, they must replicate it just as you have done it. Instead, do a process sample where you demonstrate part of an idea without showing the whole finished piece. Tactual learners will often take over clean-up duties as they wish to please, and while this comes in very handy, the teacher should take steps to make sure all students take part in the cleanup.