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The approach to learning based on 3 things: individual strength, weaknesses and preferences. Are you better at talking or listening? Where do you feel most comfortable? These and other questions speak a lot about your learning style-the way you learn best. Let’s learn with BestLifeTips about one of these strategies: naturalistic learning style.
What is a naturalistic learning style
Educational researcher and theorist Howard Gardner change the curricular theory with the release of his study Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. According to his study, students were no longer the blank paper for educators to write on. Instead, he thinks that kids have their own intelligence, and it is up to the educators to draw upon and address these intelligences to encourage them.
When it comes to intelligence, the IQ test will jump out first for some of us. In recent years, the definition of intelligence has been changed. Howard Gardner proposed that there are 8 intelligences and people don’t have just an intelligence but many kinds of intelligence including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual, linguistic-verbal, logical-mathematical, bodily kinesthethetic, intrapersonal and naturalistic.
The naturalist intelligence, according to Gardner’s learning style theory, is one that absorbs and investigates the environment. Learners who are naturalists like observing animals, playing with pets, exploring nature, gardening, hiking, and caring for the environment. A naturalist learner requires access to outdoor regions, experiences in natural settings, and items that can aid in environmental exploration, such as magnifying glasses, telescopes, bug jars, and binoculars.
In a classroom situation, the naturalist learner plays an important role. She could be the one to start science experiments like cultivating seeds or gathering leaves. A class pet satisfies her need to watch and care for animals. She could choose to read nonfiction pieces about natural wonders rather than picture books or fiction for children. Topographical maps, globes, CD-ROMs of animals in their natural habitats, and models or dioramas of nature and wildlife continue to captivate. A naturalist may also spearhead a school-wide recycling program or an Earth Day celebration.
Naturalistic learning style strategies
Naturalistic learners are keen on their surroundings. Learning outdoor is so easy and natural to them. They are excited to have opportunities to work with plants, animals or other biology-related subjects and nature events such as weather or geology. They are engaged in science and an active member in the issues related to the environment.
Naturalistic learner is learning through:
Educators can encourage naturalistic learners by some of these techniques, which can help student develop and enhance their naturalistic skills.
- Using a microscope, telescope, binoculars or hand lens.
- Keeping an eye on nets or dens.
- Watching the weather.
- Watching animal behaviors.
- Using the senses.
- Descending changes outdoors over the course of the school year
- Sketching, drawing, photographing and videotaping the natural phenomena.
- Imitating a biologist or ecologist doing field studies.
- Keeping data in a log, blog or diary.
- Modelling, measuring or drawing to scale plants, animals or outdoor settings.
- Listing out about characteristic.
- Keeping nature journal.
classifying and categorizing
- Comparing the similarities and differences.
- Identifying sounds in the nature.
- Collecting and identifying plants, leaves, feathers, nests and so on.
- Ranking, grouping, separating, adding up natural objects according to observed characteristics.
Learning or working in or with nature
- Hiking or taking on field trips.
- Performing role plays about animals or plant growth.
- Reading stories and articles about the nature or biology and ecology.
- Growing plants or form a garden.
Naturalistic learning style activities
For a kid strong with naturalistic intelligence, here are some ways you can use to create more interesting activities.
Naturalistic learning style activities
- Collecting natural organisms such as leaves, feathers, flowers, etc.
- Learning about the nature.
- Outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging, etc.
- Visiting local natural locations and places.
- Using telescopes or microscope. etc.
Teaching materials and toys
- Scrapbooks, labels, glue, scissors etc., for organizing collections.
- Magnifying glass
- Reference books about birds, insects, animals, plants, flowers etc.
- History books.
Naturalistic learning style teaching topics
- Assist your child in collecting a variety of wild species.
- Connect physics principles such as energy to solar power and the environment, organic chemistry to plastics and their impact on the earth, and examine numerous laws of physics (newton, etc.) That explains how the planetary system works.
- Discuss natural events during history such as the disappearance of many pieces on earth, disease outbreak and so on.
- Learn about how human affect nature in different period of time.
- Learn about various climates.
- Study how geographic growth and its impact on animal and bird population.
- Learn about flora and fauna in different countries.
- Assign them to read books about Pi or the golden ratio.
- Connect all concepts to nature like taking example of tree, flowers, etc.
Naturalistic learning style study tips
Naturalist students study the natural world’s ordered patterns and try to understand them. Provide children with nature-based visualization activities and hands-on activities. When feasible, include the outdoors into their learning environment. Study in ways that make use of the naturalist learner’s talents to measure, map, and chart plant and animal observations.
Tips for naturalistic learning style study.
- Encourage students to lean in natural surroundings.
- Categorize facts.
- Interact with nature through field trips.
- Sort out and classify content in relation to the nature world.
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Understanding kids’ own intelligence is important that helps you change the study approach to suit them best. Naturalistic learning style is the most recent addition to Gardner’s theory, in which who are high in this intelligence are more in tune with nature and often interesting in nurturing, exploring the environment and learning about species. If you find this helpful, don’t hesitate to give us a thumb up and return often for more leaning styles tips.