Tag Archives: learning tools

New Teaching Tool: Dry Erase Name Tags

What’s New About Your Classroom Experience?
We have attached mini white boards with velcro to the back of every computer monitor in our training centre classrooms.

Why?
To create reusable “name tags” to assist our instructors with memorizing names. Using dry erase pens instead of paper or ‘My Name is” stickers helps us reduce the amount of waste we create.

What Does That Mean For Me?
At the start of class learners will be asked to remove the “name tag” from the back of their monitor and write their names, nicknames or pseudonyms on their white board using dry erase marker.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Classroom Training @
Sector Learning Solutions

New Manual Covers

If you’ve taken a course with Sector in the past, you may remember this:

As part of our rebranding initiative, we decided to update our manual covers
to compliment our new brand identity.
Check it out:

Thank you to the team at Hot House Marketing for their beautiful work!

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

A Learner’s VARK – What’s Yours?

“Everyone is different.”

I really appreciate that each of us is a unique being with individual preferences, skills, and inclinations. In the area of Learning, there are some differences that are worth considering.

There are numerious studies exploring the ways that people learn best, how to measure the variences, and of course how to apply these Learning Styles in the classroom. I am only going to talk about one distinction:

The VARK Model

Developed by Neil Fleming, VARK stands for:

Visual (V): … preference … [for]  maps, spider diagrams, charts, graphs, flow charts, labelled diagrams, and all the symbolic arrows, circles, hierarchies.

Aural / Auditory (A): … preference for information that is “heard or spoken.”

Read/write (R): … preference is for information displayed as words.

Kinesthetic (K): … to the “perceptual preference related to the use of experience and practice (simulated or real).”

Here’s an overview video if you prefer to Learn that way:

The four VARK keywords indicate the possible learning preferences (or combination thereof) that Fleming proposes we each possess. Each of us will exhibit different preferences for each style, but most of us can learn in any of these styles… just less efficiently and pleasantly

For those of you looking to better understand your learning style, here is a test from the VARK learning website.

My results:

  • Visual: 7
  • Aural: 8
  • Read/Write: 6
  • Kinesthetic: 3

Please comment freely with corrections, opinions or to share your VARK learning style!

-Gerry Brimacombe,
CEO/President,
Sector Learning Solutions