Odd Thing I Tried in Class Today

While research appears to show that learning styles do not exist, my students still insist on having learning styles. In an attempt to get students to remember when to use italics and when to use quotation marks, I appealed to their learning styles.

Visual:
italics quotation marks

Verbal:
I faux yelled ITALICS! and whispered quotation marks.

Kinesthetic:
I told them I wasn’t sure how to do this for kinesthetics. Then I jumped up and spread my arms and legs saying “italics.” Then I pulled my arms and legs in tight, slightly raised my hands and made two teeny-tiny air quotes “quotation marks.”

We’ll see if it worked.

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