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Respect and recognise that kids learn differently, urges teacher

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to how young minds learn, explains teacher and motivational speaker Joanne Boshell.

Boshell teaches learning skills and motivational techniques to educators, pupils and parents.

She says that it is important for teachers and guardians to help young learners achieve their ultimate potential.

At the same time, Boshell cautions that parents need to tread the line between neglecting their child's academics and allowing them to study independently.

It's important that parents know what's going on. However, I'm noticing too many pupils (particularly in the Grade 5 and 6 area) that are dependent on their parents.

Joanne Boshell, teacher and motivational speaker

There are auditory learners who learn by listening, visual learners who learn by seeing, and kinesthetic learners who learn by doing.

Boshell has encouraged teachers to respect the different kinds of learning abilities that children have, and avoid imposing their own inclinations on their classes.

She says that while understanding the different learning styles is useful, pupils should not limit themselves in terms of their capabilities.

Boshell urges children to play an active role in their own education and challenge themselves to the different kinds of learning in order to be empowered.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show (with Africa Melane):

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